Leafs-Flyers Going The Distance

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2003 Playoffs

Travis Green scored 10:51 into double overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided elimination with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers to force a deciding seventh game in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

"It was a relief," Green said. "We live to play another game. We've got one more game that we've got to get the job done. Quite a relief when the puck went in."

It was a third game decided in overtime in the series that is shaping up to be an epic battle.

"We worked all year to get home advantage and now we're going to use it," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The building will be jumping. Guys are going to use that energy and we're going to have to bank on that."

Jeremy Roenick scored for the Flyers, who have lost in the first round four of the past five years.

Game 7 is Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Wild Won't Fade Away
Richard Park scored his second goal of the game 4:22 into overtime Monday night to give the Minnesota Wild a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche to force a decisive Game 7.

"We needed to go out there and do the same things we did the first two periods. I think everybody on this team was pretty confident going into overtime," Wild left wing Antti Laaksonen said. "We didn't change anything. We just said we can't sit back and wait for them to come at us. We had to force them to make plays."

Wild built a 2-0 lead in the third period on goals by Park and Marian Gaborik, but Joe Sakic and defenseman Greg de Vries scored for Colorado in the final 3:26 of the period to silence the frenzied crowd and send the game into overtime.

"Anytime you can contribute offensively, it feels nice." Park said. "After they scored the two goals, they're probably feeling good. We were a little disappointed, but the great thing was we had a chance to go out there and win."

The Wild, in the playoffs for the first time in their three-year history, have won two straight while on the brink of elimination. The teams will play Game 7 Tuesday night in Denver.

"We have to play Game Seven now, we'll have to win that game," Patrick Roy said. "We've been there before. We're in our barn, so there's no reason for us not to be confident."

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