Flyers shut out Senators

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- The Ottawa Senators had most of the chances. The Philadelphia Flyers got the only goal.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored 7:47 into overtime, lifting the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over Ottawa on Wednesday in the opener of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

The Flyers, who had won just two of their last 10 regular season games, were outshot 32-15 in regulation, but took nine of the 12 shots in overtime.

Fedotenko got his first career playoff goal when Senators goaltender Patrick Lalime failed to control a shot by Marty Murray from the wing. The puck ricocheted into the slot and Fedotenko backhanded it past Lalime's glove.

Roman Cechmanek made 35 saves for his first playoff shutout.

Hurricanes 2, Devils 1

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The depleted New Jersey Devils are in an early first-round playoff hole for the first time in four years.

Rod Brind'Amour and rookie Erik Cole scored 1:22 apart and Arturs Irbe stopped 34 shots as Carolina beat New Jersey in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Devils, two-time defending East champions, were without Joe Nieuwendyk (flu), Petr Sykora (foot), Scott Gomez (broken hand) and Stephane Richer (bruised foot) -- and it showed.

Martin Brodeur, with a career goals against average of 1.91 in 109 playoff games, was beaten twice on Carolina's first five.

New Jersey outshot the Hurricanes 35-17 but got just one goal, on a power-play from Patrik Elias with 12:29 left.

Sharks 2, Coyotes 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sean Burke's only big mistake was enough to doom the Phoenix Coyotes.

Teemu Selanne passed to Patrick Marleau for the go-ahead goal at 5:02 of the second period after Burke fumbled the puck behind his net, giving San Jose a victory over the Coyotes in the opening game of the teams' first-round series.

Vincent Damphousse also scored for the third-seeded Sharks, who won the opening game of a playoff series for the first time in seven tries dating back to 1995.

Daniel Briere scored for the Coyotes.

Early in the second period, Burke skated behind his net to play the puck but bobbled it twice against the boards, giving Selanne time to swoop in and pass it to Marleau.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21 shots for his second career playoff victory.

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