Five brawls break out in final two minutes

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


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


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.