Lindros pulls Flyers past Devils in OT, 3-2


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eric Lindros scored 4:19 into overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils last night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Devils still lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one. The road team has yet to lose in the series.

Winger Mikael Renberg found a streaking Lindros with a cross-ice pass inside the left circle. Lindros fired a wrist shot that beat New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur to his right side.

Brodeur allowed his worst goal of the playoffs when he permitted Rod Brind'Amour's soft shot to skip off the top of his right pad and over his right arm and tie the game at 2-2 with 6:03 left in regulation.

Brind'Amour picked up the puck in the neutral zone and skated to the left side. He flipped the puck from just inside the blue line toward Brodeur. The puck landed about three feet in front of Brodeur and skimmed his pad before going over his right arm. Randy McKay's third goal of the series and sixth of the playoffs 2:53 into the second period gave New Jersey a 2-1 lead.

Devils center Bobby Holik, part of New Jersey's aggressive "Crash Line," poked the puck away from Philadelphia defenseman Petr Svoboda behind the net to McKay, who came in on Flyers goalie Ron Hextall's left and jammed home a back-hander from the doorstep.

New Jersey scored on its first shot of the game. Claude Lemieux took a pass from Scott Stevens and sped down the right side. He fired a slap shot from the top of the right circle, beating Hextall between the pads 92 seconds into the game.

The goal was Lemieux's ninth of the playoffs after he had scored just six in the regular season.

New Jersey has scored first in 11 of its 13 playoff games.

Kevin Dineen tied the game for Philadelphia just under three minutes later when he flipped home the rebound of a save by Brodeur from between the circles over the goaltender's leftshoulder.

Flyers defenseman Karl Dykhuis started the play by skating from his own blue line around New Jersey's neutral-zone trap before cutting left over the blue line and putting a wrist shot on net that Brodeur stopped.

Philadelphia didn't have a shot on goal over the final seven minutes of the first period and was outshot, 10-8.

The Flyers' first shot on net in the second period came with 13:25 left.

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