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LeClair, Flyers Rout Canucks

John LeClair scored four goals and Eric Lindros had four assists as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-2 Sunday night for their sixth win in seven games.

LeClair broke a 2-2 tie with 5:07 left with his 17th goal and third of the game, flicking in a rebound on Eric Lindros' miss. Less than a minute later, Keith Jones took a pass from Lindros and onetimed a slap shot past Garth Snow as the Flyers improved to 6-1 after an 0-5-2 winless streak.

LeClair, who scored two minutes into the second period and 50 seconds into the third, added his 18th goal with 1:04 left for his second career four-goal game. The other came on Feb. 6, 1997 against Montreal.

Chris Gratton scored his first of the season with 34 seconds remaining as the Canucks self-destructed in the third period for the second straight game. Vancouver, which allowed seven goals in the third period of a 7-1 loss to Detroit on Friday, lost for the seventh time in eight games.

The Flyers have won all six games Jones has played since they acquired the right wing from Colorado on Nov. 12. Lindros assisted on four goals despite playing at about half-speed with a bruised foot.

LeClair tied it at 1-1 with his 15th goal two minutes into the second period. After Snow got a roughing penalty for cracking Gratton in the mouth with his glove, LeClair tipped in Eric Desjardins' slap shot from the point.

Rookie Bill Muckalt gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead with his eighth goal, assisted by Donald Brashear with 3:21 left in the second. Brashear, known more for fighting than playmaking, blocked Dan McGillis' shot and led the rush before passing to Muckalt for the go-ahead goal.

Snow, traded by the Flyers to Vancouver for goalie Sean Burke in March, stopped 13 of 14 shots in the second. The Canucks' goalie didn't even give in when he was checked behind the net by Valeri Zelepukin.

With 7 ½ minutes left in the first, Zelepukin drove Snow into the boards as they chased a loose puck. Zelepukin bounced off and hit the ice, with Snow stepping over him as if in a slow-motion game of leapfrog. Zelepukin got an interference penalty.

Dave Scatchard rebounded his own shot off the crossbar and scored the Canucks' first goal with 5:18 to go in the first.

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