Wild rally to beat Flyers in overtime
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kyle Brodziak scored in overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
Flyers goalie Brian Boucher initially gloved Brodziak's shot, but the puck bounced out and Boucher kicked the spinning puck into the net, sending the reeling Flyers to their sixth loss in their past seven games, and threatening their playoff hopes.
Despite being outshot 35-21, Minnesota came back from a two-goal deficit entering the third period. Martin Havlat scored Minnesota's second goal
Andrew Brunette tied it with 6:37 left.
Philadelphia is seventh in the Eastern Conference, four points ahead of ninth-place Atlanta in the race for the eight playoff spots.
Minnesota trailed 2-0 just 4:18 into the game, after rookie Oskars Bartulis and Simon Gagne scored for Philadelphia. Bartulis' goal was the first of his NHL career and came 3:39 minutes into the game, when a save by wild goalie Niklas Backstrom deflected off Bartulis' right skate and in.
Gagne followed with a score of his own 39 seconds later, on a snap shot that flew past Backstrom's right arm for his ninth goal in 14 games.
Minnesota's Marek Zidlicky scored 34 seconds into the second period with a snap shot, but Dan Carcillo answered that when he placed Scott Hartnell's pass by Backstrom.
NOTES: The Flyers are 0-for-16 in their past four games on power plays, while the Wild have killed off 14 straight. ... Philadelphia is 27-3-1 when it lead after two periods. ... Minnesota is 4-6-1 overall against Philadelphia since entering the NHL in 2000, with just two wins in seven trips to the Wachovia Center.