Originally created 10/25/98

Rangers, Flyers fight to 2-2 draw



PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Richter stopped 37 shots, and the New York Rangers held Eric Lindros without a point for the first time in five games in a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Richter improved to 2-0-2 since being pulled in New York's 4-2 loss to St. Louis on Oct. 12 after he allowed three goals on three shots by Al MacInnis. On Saturday, Richter preserved the tie during a flurry of shots late in the third period, and turned aside four good chances in overtime -- including two hard shots by John LeClair.

New York remained unbeaten in its last four games after starting the season 0-4. But the Rangers squandered a 2-0 lead and managed only 13 shots against former teammate John Vanbiesbrouck -- including only one in the third period.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead on goals by John MacLean and Adam Graves despite taking only 10 shots through two periods. It took the Flyers only seven shots and nine minutes to tie it in the final period.

LeClair scored his fifth goal, beating Richter on Mike Maneluk's pass from behind the net at 5:34.

With Ulf Samuelsson in the penalty box for playing with a broken stick, Rod Brind'Amour tied it with a one-timer off a beautiful pass through the crease from Dan McGillis at 9:03.

Samuelsson clearly was a marked man after sucker-punching Philadelphia's Petr Svoboda in the Flyers' season-opening 1-0 victory at Madison Square Garden. Lindros, who had scored a goal in five straight games, gave Samuelsson two clean, solid hits. LeClair drove Samuelsson hard into the boards as they chased a loose puck.

McGillis' interference penalty gave the Rangers a power play for the final 30 seconds of OT, but they couldn't capitalize.