Sens Rally To Win Opener

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2003 Playoffs

The Ottawa Senators scored four unanswered goals to erase a two-goal deficit in a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists for the Senators, who had a seven day rest after eliminating the New York Islanders in five games. Ottawa looked rusty in the first period allowing the Flyers to score two goals on their first two shots.

"Once we scored that first goal we had the crowd on our side and got the momentum," Hossa said. "We knew we hadn't played a good period and we could only get better and we did."

Tony Amonte and Sami Kapanen scored for Philadelphia, who had just two goals in last season's five-game quarterfinal loss to Ottawa.

"Two shots, two goals -- then we turned it around," Ottawa goalie Patrick Lalime said. "We haven't played in a while. We got the legs going. They got some good scoring chances right off the bat."

Game Two is Sunday in Ottawa.

Canucks Beat Wild
Matt Cooke tied the game with 1.2 seconds left in regulation and Trent Klatt scored at 3:42 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

"I don't know if I ever scored a bigger goal in my life," Klatt said. "I'm having as much fun as I ever had playing the game of hockey."

Ed Jovanovski and Markus Naslund also scored for the Canucks, who have won four straight after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to knock St. Louis out in the first round.

"I crashed the net for a rebound and it was underneath him I think and Klatt pushed his pad and I shoveled it in," Cooke said. "Todd did a good job on the faceoff and I just wanted to get there as fast as I could and when I got there it was an empty net."

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