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NHL Roundup : Down 3-0, Penguins Rally to Tie Flyers

March 25, 1987|From Times Wire Services

Nobody was complaining after the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 3-0 second-period deficit to tie the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-3, Tuesday night at Pittsburgh.

"A win would have been a lot nicer, but we came back against an excellent hockey team and we showed a lot of heart," Pittsburgh Coach Bob Berry said.

Said Philadelphia Coach Mike Keenan: "I guess overall I'm happy to come out with a tie. Considering that we were playing against a team that's fighting for its life in the playoffs, I might be happy to leave here with a tie."

The Penguins moved within four points of the New York Rangers in the race for the Patrick Division's final playoff spot.

A victory would have enabled Philadelphia to tie the idle Edmonton Oilers for the NHL points lead. The Flyers have 96 points to Edmonton's 97.

Philadelphia is 0-0-8 in overtime games this season.

Warren Young capped Pittsburgh's rally when he scored at 8:45 of the third period.

Washington 3, N.Y. Islanders 1--Mike Ridley, Craig Laughlin and Bobby Gould scored goals for the Capitals at Uniondale, N.Y.

The Capitals' third straight victory moved them within one point of the Islanders in the race for second place in the Patrick Division. The teams will meet Friday night at Landover, Md.

Washington never trailed, taking a 1-0 lead at 18:36 of the first period on Ridley's 30th goal. Laughlin's 21st goal at 11:48 of the second period made it 2-0.

After a goal by the Islanders' Pat LaFontaine with 52 seconds left in the second period made it 2-1, Gould scored on a breakaway at 8:13 of the third period.

Montreal 4, Quebec 3--Bobby Smith scored with 26 seconds left to give the Canadiens their first victory in two years at Quebec.

Quebec goaltender Clint Malarchuk stopped a shot by Claude Lemieux at the lip of the crease, but the rebound rolled to Smith, who knocked the puck into the net.

Mike McPhee scored two second-period goals in 40 seconds for Montreal, while Mats Naslund ended a two-month road scoring slump with a goal in the first period.

Toronto 6, Buffalo 5--Rick Vaive scored 17 seconds into the game to ignite a four-goal first period for the Maple Leafs at Buffalo.

Vaive, Vincent Damphousse and Russ Courtnall scored in the first seven minutes to give the Maple Leafs a 3-0 lead.

A goal by Buffalo's Dave Andreychuk made it 3-1 before Wendel Clark knocked a rebound past Buffalo goalie Tom Barrasso at 17:42 to make it 4-1.

Toronto pulled within three points of the Minnesota North Stars in the race for the Norris Division's final playoff spot.

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