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Tuesday, Mar. 13 7:00pm ET
Flyers continue to add to Blues' frustration


PHILADELPHIA -- The St. Louis Blues could have used Keith Tkachuk a day earlier.

Kent Manderville
Philadelphia's Kent Manderville scores a key short-handed goal past St. Louis goalie Roman Turek in the second period.

But even he might not have been able to help, as the Blues stretched their winless streak to seven games with a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

"He's one of the marquee players in the game and he can help any team," said Scott Mellanby, a former Flyer who scored for the Blues. "But we also have to play better and be more prepared to play than we were tonight."

Kent Manderville scored Philadelphia's go-ahead goal, only his second tally since joining the Flyers a year ago, on a short-handed breakaway with 35 seconds left in the second period. Mark Recchi and Keith Primeau each added a goal and two assists for the Flyers.

"The group of guys here are used to playing a certain way, working hard," Primeau said. "We're not as skilled as most teams most nights, so we know the only way we have a chance to win is to work hard."

The Blues acquired Tkachuk from the Phoenix Coyotes, shortly before the trade deadline Tuesday afternoon, for center Michal Handzus, right wing Ladislav Nagy, forward Jeff Taffe -- a Blues' draft choice from last year -- and a first-round selection from the draft this year.

Meanwhile, the Flyers made two minor trades but couldn't get rid of disgruntled star Eric Lindros. The Blues were among at least three teams who made final attempts to acquire the 28-year-old restricted free agent.

"All along we felt that we weren't going to be able to trade Lindros and we were proven right," Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said. "We'd like to trade him, but he's made his own bed. He's made it difficult for us to trade him."

The game was tied 2-2 midway through the second when Manderville put the Flyers ahead. Primeau followed up with his 33rd of the season at 1:21 of the third period, and Peter White capped the scoring with an empty-net goal with less than minute left. Michel Picard also had a goal and an assist.

Lubos Bartecko and Mellanby scored for St. Louis, which hasn't won since Feb. 26.

The Flyers second victory of the season over the Blues came despite a string of injuries -- including leading scorer Simon Gagne (shoulder), center Daymond Langkow (foot), John LeClair (back), Justin Williams (hand), and Eric Desjardins (concussion). Gagne and Williams could be coming back in the next week.

"I think our guys kind of look past the deadline to the end of the month and getting some of the guys back from injuries," Primeau said.

Tkachuk, who was expected to join the team Wednesday in Minnesota, should help the struggling Blues. The former Coyotes captain had 29 goals and 42 assists in 64 games and led Phoenix in penalty minutes and game-winning goals.

"Obviously, he's strong around the boards and he's strong around the front of the net and he's got a lot of skills," Pierre Turgeon said. "So he's going to bring a lot to our hockey team and we can't wait to have him."

Recchi opened scoring for the Flyers, knocking in a shot from Primeau at the left circle early in the first for his 1,000th career point. Recchi becomes the 60th player in NHL history to reach the mark.

After the game, Recchi had fluid drained from his right elbow that will keep him out of Wednesday's practice.

Roman Cechmanek made 28 saves, including a nice stop on a breakaway by Scott Young early in the first period.

Game notes
Manderville was acquired from Carolina on March 14, 2000. Manderville began his Philadelphia career with a 122-game scoring drought that ended with a short-handed goal Feb. 7. ... Cechmanek won his 30th game of the season, becoming the first Flyers goalie since Ron Hextall to reach the mark. Hextall won 30-plus games in 1995-96 and 1996-97. ... Pavol Demitra had an assist for the Blues in his first game back after missing 14 games with a leg injury.

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 Kent Manderville steals the puck and takes it in for the short-handed goal.
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 Mark Recchi deflects a Chris Therien shot into the net for his 1,000th career point.
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 Lubos Bartecko blasts a shot past Roman Cechmanek for the Blues' first goal.
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 Mark Recchi sets up Keith Primeau for a Flyers' insurance goal.
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 Mark Recchi talks with Al Morganti after notching his 1,000th career point against St. Louis.
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