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Five brawls break out in final two minutes

3/6/2004

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- For one night, the Philadelphia Flyers
turned back into the Broad Street Bullies.

Claude Lapointe and Mark Recchi scored 30 seconds apart in the
first period, helping the Flyers beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3
Friday night in a game that featured five consecutive brawls in the
final two minutes and set an NHL record with 419 penalty minutes.

"We're not scared of Ottawa and we're not intimidated by their
talent," Flyers goaltender Robert Esche said.

Officials needed about 90 minutes after the game ended to sort
the penalties. The previous record for penalty minutes was 406 by
the Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins in 1981. The Flyers had
213 minutes and Ottawa had 206.

After the game, Philadelphia general manager Bob Clarke, captain
of the Broad Street Bullies teams of the 1970s, went toward
Ottawa's dressing room, but was stopped by Flyers officials.

"Their tough guy (Rob Ray) got beat up and then their next two
lines fought guys who don't fight," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock
said. "I don't care what it shows them. We played a great game."

Danny Markov, Kim Johnsson and Alexei Zhamnov also scored for
Philadelphia, which snapped a five-game winless streak (0-3-2)
against Ottawa. The Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs by the
Senators the last two seasons, and were 3-10-3 against them since a
1-0 victory in Game 1 of the 2002 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Philadelphia remained tied for first place in the East with
Tampa Bay.

Chris Neil, Zdeno Chara and Peter Bondra scored for Ottawa,
which fell four points behind the conference leaders.

"I thought we competed hard and I don't know what happened at
the end," Senators coach Jacques Martin said.

Philadelphia enforcer Donald Brashear and Ray started the
fighting by dropping their gloves with 1:45 left. As they skated
off the ice, the rest of the players joined in, including the
goalies as Ottawa's Patrick Lalime skated the length of the ice to
go after Esche.

Once play resumed, all the players, except the new goalies,
immediately went after each other. At the next faceoff,
Philadelphia's Michal Handzus and Ottawa's Mike Fisher went at it.
Another fight broke out 30 seconds later. Finally, Philadelphia's
Patrick Sharp and Ottawa's Jason Spezza finished it off.

The bad blood between the teams stems from Senators forward
Martin Havlat hitting Recchi in the face with his stick in a game
last week. Havlat played his first game after being suspended two
games by the NHL. He sat in the penalty box while the fights took
place.

The Flyers had seven players remaining and Ottawa had six as the
game ended.

"Why wouldn't I start it? Did you see the last game?" Brashear
said. "I fought a tough guy. They went after guys who don't fight.
I could've fought one of their good players and hurt them, but I
didn't."

The teams meet again in Philadelphia on April 2.

"Obviously my teammates didn't forget what happened last
week," Recchi said.

Lapointe tied it at 1 midway through the first period with his
fourth goal. His shot from the side of the left circle near the
boards went off Lalime's glove and in.

Recchi scored his 25th goal into an open net a half-minute later
after Lalime failed to control rebounds on consecutive shots by
John LeClair.

The Flyers took a 3-1 lead later in the period when Markov took
a slap shot that Neil deflected with his glove while trying to
knock it down, redirecting it past Lalime.

A power-play goal by Johnsson, his third goal in two games, made
it 4-1 early in the second period.

"It wasn't a great game, but our guys stood up there,"
Senators defenseman Wade Redden said.

Neil gave the Senators a 1-0 lead just 4:07 in with his eighth
goal. Chara one-timed a shot past Esche for his 15th goal, cutting
the deficit to 4-2 in the second period.

Zhamnov made it 5-2 with his 10th goal in the third period.
Zhamnov has nine points in seven games with the Flyers since he was
acquired from Chicago last month to help fill the void at center
created by injuries to All-Stars Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau.<
^Notes: Flyers D Chris Therien left the game with a left shoulder
strain and didn't return. D Joni Pitkanen didn't return after he
was shaken up. ... Flyers F Tony Amonte played in his 1,000th NHL
game. He's the 201st NHL player to reach that total and the 12th
player to do so in a Flyers uniform. ... Markov's goal was the
10,000th goal in franchise history. ... Zhamnov's goal was his
700th point in the NHL. ... The Senators have allowed 10 power-play
goals in the last eight games. ... Lalime has allowed nine goals in
the last two games.