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Lindros Ends Flyers Skid


The Philadelphia Flyers finally ended their 12-game winless streak with a comeback victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Playing without their suspended coach and missing top defenseman Eric Desjardins for the last eight minutes after he hurt his knee, the Flyers rallied to beat the Red Wings 5-4 Sunday on Eric Lindros' goal with 1:53 left.

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  • Lindros took a pass in front of the net from linemate John LeClair and fired the puck past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood to lead Philadelphia back from a two-goal, third-period deficit. The victory ended the Flyers' franchise-record winless streak at 0-8-4.

    "To finally get a win here, you know it's rewarding after a tough game and especially the last month," said Lindros, who is tied with LeClair and two others for the league lead in goals with 39. "It's just one game, we've got to keep going, but certainly right now it feels like a little weight is off."

    Flyers coach Roger Neilson was serving the first game of a two-game suspension for a stick-throwing incident last week, and Desjardins left the game after spraining a knee in the final period.

    But Philadelphia still managed to rally after falling behind 4-2 early in the third period on a shorthanded goal by Kris Draper.

    Mark Recchi started the comeback with a goal through Osgood's legs, then assisted on Mikael Renberg's tying goal with 7:56 left.

    "Everybody stayed positive tonight as we have through this whole ordeal," said LeClair, who was playing his first game since missing the last four with a hip flexor. "When Recchi scored that goal, you could see the bench jump. Then, when Renberg scored the game came alive," said LeClair

    Brendan Shanahan scored twice for Detroit, but the Flyers rallied behind three straight goals in a 11:34 span in the third.

    "Obviously, they put pretty much a full press-attack on. I mean they were desperate they put a lot of pucks on te net," said Shanahan, who has a team-leading 27 goals for the Red Wings.

    "With a team like the Flyers, you don't want to spend a lot of time in your own end," he added. "They're so big and strong."

    Shanahan scored his second goal 7:42 into the second after sneaking in front of the Flyers crease unchecked and putting a Larry Murphy pass past Vanbiesbrouck to give Detroit a 3-1 lead.

    But Flyers interim coach Craig Ramsey said his team kept its focus even after Draper's goal early in the third gave the Red Wings a 4-2 lead.

    "Certainly there was disappointment, but the guys on the bench made a point of saying don't worry about it, we'll get it back," Ramsey said.

    The Red Wings' speed gave the Flyers trouble early as Vanbiesbrouck faced several odd-man rushes. Slava Kozlov opened the scoring after his weak shot from outside the faceoff circle got past the goalie's glove side.

    After ending a nine-game stretch in which they played eight games on the road, the Red Wings are happy to be headed home.

    "We have been away 15 out of 19 days. Now we have a schedule we can build on," coach Scotty Bowman said.

    Desjardins' assist on Keith Jones' 17th goal of the year in the first period gave Desjardins 47 points on the season, tying a career-high.

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