The Vancouver Canucks don't overwhelm teams. They kind of sneak up on them and take them by surprise.
The leading team in the Northwest Division was 0-8-1 when trailing after two periods coming into the Wachovia Center Thursday night. They exited the building with their first victory under those circumstances, a 5-4 triumph over the Flyers.
The Flyers blew three leads in the game. They were outhit in the third period as Vancouver erased a 3-2 deficit with a heady effort from Anson Carter and the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik.
Philadelphia's sense of desperation didn't click in quickly enough after that Canuck outburst.
"We had a ton of things go right," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We outhit them, outplayed them. But they are very opportunistic."
Adding to the gloom and doom this morning in Flyerdom, another player went down. Mike Richards suffered a possible concussion in the first period and will miss at least a week. Goalie Robert Esche also reinjured his right groin.
The Flyers held the slimmest of leads _ 3-2 _ going into the last period. Yet the Canucks struck twice just 37 seconds apart to take charge. Markus Naslund, who leads the Canucks in scoring, got a cheap goal when his pass ricocheted off a skate and past Esche at 3 minutes, 29 seconds. The score came on a power play.
"They didn't have many chances, but they seemed to score on the few chances they had, like that shot off a skate," center Michal Handzus said. "We had killed almost all the penalty. They had no shot but a lucky bounce."
Carter's goal at 4:06 was even easier. Daniel Sedin tossed the puck across the slot and R.J. Umberger intercepted it, then lost it to Carter, who beat Esche a millisecond later for a 4-3 Canucks lead amid a thunder of boos. An injured Esche left shortly thereafter, replaced by Antero Niittymaki.
Carter soon iced the game off the rush with a tap-in goal via a Daniel Sedin pass.
Because of icy road conditions and a series of accidents that saw two-thirds of the Flyers' roster stranded on the Walt Whitman Bridge, the game was pushed back 33 minutes.
Thrashers 3, Devils 2, OT
At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Marc Savard scored a power-play goal with five seconds left in overtime and Atlanta beat New Jersey just over a minute after failing to win it on a penalty shot.
New Jersey defenseman Dan McGillis pulled down Marian Hossa during a breakaway at 3:31 of the extra session. Hossa didn't convert on the attempt, but the Thrashers immediately went on a power play as McGillis was also called for roughing.
Michael Garnett made 24 saves for Atlanta, and Martin Brodeur stopped 30 shots.
In other NHL action: Carolina 2, Columbus 1; Boston 3, Minnesota 2; Florida 3, Detroit 2 (OT); Dallas 2, Ottawa 0; Nashville 5, Chicago 3; Edmonton 5, Montreal 3; Tampa Bay 3, Phoenix 1.