Flyers turn back Blues in overtime

Friday, February 14, 2003

ST. LOUIS -- Michal Handzus scored on a rebound at 3:02 of overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers, shut out the previous two games by the Wild, rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Blues 4-3 on Thursday night.

Jeremy Roenick and Kim Johnsson scored on consecutive shots in the third period to force overtime. Handzus beat Brent Johnson for his 16th goal as the Flyers outshot the Blues 3-2 in the extra period, with Johnsson assisting on the play.

Alexander Khavanov had a goal and an assist for the Blues, whose six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) ended.

The Flyers, blanked in four of their previous eight games, ended a goal drought of 167 minutes, 9 seconds when Magnus Ragnarsson scored in the second period. Roenick cut the gap to one at 10:48 of the third and Johnsson scored his fourth of the season from the side of the net at 12:53 to tie it.

Mark Recchi assisted on the first three Flyers goals. Roman Cechmanek allowed three goals on the first eight shots he faced, and none on the last 13.

Eric Boguniecki had a short-handed goal and Khavanov scored on the power play for the Central Division leaders. Scott Mellanby scored in his 1,200th NHL game and Pavol Demitra had two assists for the Blues, who fell to 13-2-2-3 against Eastern Conference opponents.

The Blues were without center Doug Weight, who broke a bone in his face when struck by the puck in a victory Tuesday at Buffalo. Weight, the team's second-leading scorer, is expected to be out a few weeks.

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