Sports - St. Louis Blues vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 11/3/97

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ST LOUIS -- Eric Lindros scored twice during a four-goal first period and Garth Snow stopped 27 shots as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a four-game winless streak with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues, who had their five-game unbeaten streak ended. Dainius Zubrus had a goal and two assists, John LeClair added a goal and an assist, and Paul Coffey and Janne Niinimaa each set up two scores for Philadelphia, which had been 0-2-2 in its last four games.

With 19 points, the Flyers tied Boston and Ottawa for most in the Eastern Conference.

"We did a lot of good things tonight as a team, we had a plan and stuck with it," Flyers coach Wayne Cashman said. "Everybody did what we asked them. The guys supported each other, we made the puck work for us."

Blair Atcheynum tallied for the Blues, who were 4-0-1 in their previous five games. St. Louis suffered just its second home loss of the season following an 8-0-1 stretch at the Kiel Center.

"It's 0-0 and we have a three-on-one on the penalty kill and they go down and score," Blues winger Brett Hull said. "It's funny which way momentum goes. You don't know how it's going to change if we score there. I think we came back and played a lot better the last two periods. A big difference was that we didn't get physical early, and when you don't bump those big guys, they keep their momentum going."

With Blues defenseman Steve Duchesne serving a holding penalty, Rod Brind'Amour got the Flyers rolling with his sixth goal of the season, jamming a shot past Grant Fuhr from the right doorstep.

Zubrus' third goal with 8:10 left in the first period made it 2-0. Lindros scored his eighth of the season with 4:32 remaining. He struck again for a 4-0 lead with 16 seconds left in the period.

Lindros suffered bruised ribs and did not play the third period, but the injury is not believed to be serious. Flyers center Joel Otto was diagnosed with a hyperextended elbow and also did not play the final period.

Atcheynum got the Blues on the board midway through the second period with his second goal. LeClair scored his league-leading 13th goal 24 seconds into the final period to restore the Flyers' four-goal cushion. LeClair has goals in four straight games.

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Philadelphia Flyers 5, ST LOUIS BLUES 1

                    1ST  2ND  3RD   FINAL
                    ---  ---  ---   -----
PHILADELPHIA         4    0    1      5
ST LOUIS             0    1    0      1

FIRST PERIOD -- SCORING: 1, Philadelphia, R Brind'Amour 6 (power play) (Prospal, Falloon), 1:54. 2, Philadelphia, Zubrus 3 (Coffey), 11:50. 3, Philadelphia, Lindros 8 (Niinimaa, Coffey), 15:28. 4, Philadelphia, Lindros 9 (LeClair, Zubrus), 19:44. PENALTIES: Duchesne, Stl (holding), 1:21; Prospal, Phi (tripping), 13:19; Richardson, Phi (Obstr tripping), 16:45.

SECOND PERIOD -- SCORING: 5, St Louis, Atcheynum 2 (S Pellerin, Conroy), 9:08. PENALTIES: Twist, Stl (slashing), 3:35; Kordic, Phi (fighting major), 8:24; Poeschek, Stl (fighting major), 8:24; Samuelsson, Phi (high sticking), 13:16.

THIRD PERIOD -- SCORING: 6, Philadelphia, LeClair 13 (Zubrus, Niinimaa), 0:24. PENALTIES: Svoboda, Phi (tripping), 7:51; Chase, Stl (interference), 15:27.

SHOTS ON GOAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 12 9 5 26 ST LOUIS 12 7 9 28

POWER PLAY: Phi - 1 of 3, Stl - 0 of 4. GOALIES: Philadelphia, Snow (28 shots, 27 saves; record: 3-4-0). St Louis, Fuhr (26, 21; record: 9-2-2).

Referee: Stewart. Linesmen: Champoux, Gauthier. A:18,465.

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