PHILADELPHIA — Ilkka Sinisalo's second goal of the game 9:11 into overtime gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Monday night in the opening game of their NHL semifinal playoff series.
The best-of-seven Wales Conference final resumes with Game 2 here Wednesday night.
Sinisalo scored his winning goal when he jammed the puck through a mass of bodies in front of the net.
Peter Zezel had brought the puck around from behind the net and took two shots that were stopped by goaltender Brian Hayward. Sinisalo drove the puck under the sprawled bodies of defenseman Chris Chelios and Hayward, and the puck just managed to trickle over the goal line.
The Canadiens apparently felt the play should have been whistled dead and protested vehemently to referee Terry Gregson but to no avail.
Bobby Smith scored at 7:15 of the third period to give the defending Stanley Cup champion Canadiens a 3-2 lead. But Derrick Smith tied it with 3:51 left in regulation.