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Flyers snap six-game skid with stunning rout of Ducks

Nov 16, 2006 - 5:45 AM
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Sports sure can be funny sometimes, but Randy Carlyle certainly isn't laughing.

Sami Kapanen scored twice to lead a stunning offensive assault as the lowly Philadelphia Flyers rolled to a 7-4 triumph over the powerful Anaheim Ducks.

In the first six weeks of the NHL season, this simply has to be one of the most surprising outcomes.

After all, Philadelphia (4-12-2) entered with the worst record in the league and a franchise record-tying six-game losing streak. Meanwhile, Anaheim (13-2-4) has the best record in the Western Conference and recently set an NHL record by recording a point in 16 straight games to begin the season.

"I believe that any team in this league can beat any team," said Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who did not make it through the first period. "If you look at them on paper, they have a pretty good team, and I think they're desperate. They have a lot to prove and they're fighting for their jobs, so it doesn't surprise me."

"Coming on the road against one of the best teams in the league and finding a way to win will maybe give us a little jolt of confidence to maybe build on," Flyers coach John Stevens said.

The Flyers came into Tuesday with only 35 goals in 17 games, the lowest ratio in the league. Only once this season - on October 7-10 - had Philadelphia scored as many as seven goals in consecutive games. In fact, the last time the Flyers netted seven tallies was more than a year ago - on November 5, 2005 in an 8-1 rout of Washington.

"We've been scoring a couple goals a game and that's about it," Kapanen said. "I don't know, it was just one of those games for us."

Philadelphia torched Giguere for five goals on 11 shots in the first period, chasing the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner with 3:34 remaining in the session.

At that point, Carlyle called on Ilya Bryzgalov, who gave up two goals on only five shots. The Ducks entered having allowed only 37 goals - the third-lowest total in the league - and had only surrendered more than three tallies just four times in 18 games.

"It was just one of those games," Giguere said. "The floodgates started to open and I couldn't stop it."

"We didn't have very much going for ourselves tonight, right from the first goal," Carlyle said. "That was just a precursor for the rest of the night for us. Those are the things that happen on one of those nights that don't go your way."

Mike Knuble, Simon Gagne and rookie defenseman Alexandre Picard all scored power-play goals for the Flyers, who went 3-for-5 with the man advantage. They entered the night with a league-worst 9.3 percent conversion rate with the extra skater.

"Every game is big for us now," Flyers captain Peter Forsberg said. "We just have to make sure we don't fall back to the things we were doing before when we were losing. We have to make sure we're doing the right things and keep the momentum going."

The action was entirely in Anaheim's end in the first 20 minutes, when Kapanen opened the scoring with a fluke goal 1:48 into the contest.

Geoff Sanderson made it 2-1 at the 11:16 mark, scoring on a rebound to ignite a stretch of four goals in 5:10. Forsberg added his sixth of the season before Gagne set up Knuble to make it 4-1 and scored himself to cap the first-period uprising.

"When you get momentum, you start gaining confidence and that's what the whole first period was all about," Flyers goaltender Robert Esche said.

Philadelphia won despite managing a total of four shots over the final two periods. Fortunately, one of those was a well-placed wrister off the stick of Picard, who made it 6-3 after Anaheim had made its only run.

Chris Kunitz, Samuel Pahlsson, Dustin Penner and Andy McDonald scored for the Ducks, who suffered their first regulation loss in 12 home games this season.

"It was ugly tonight, but we'll learn something from this and move on," Anaheim's Teemu Selanne said. "The first period cost us the game. ... We didn't deserve to win and that's it."

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