Flyers Storm Into Stanley Cup Final

PHILADELPHIA -- Rod Brind'Amour scored his ninth and 10th goals of the playoffs as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 to earn their first berth in the Stanley Cup finals in 10 years.


The Flyers, who have won all three of their best-of-7 playoff series in five games, will face the winner of the Western Conference playoff final between Colorado and Detroit. The Red Wings had a 3-2 lead in that series going into Game 6 Monday night.


Eric Lindros capped a marvelous series by scoring Philadelphia's first goal Sunday and assisting on the second, which put the Flyers ahead for good late in the first period.


Lindros also broke a tie with seven seconds to play Friday night to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory in Game 4.


Ranger captain Mark Messier was limited to a goal and three assists in Sunday's game.


Alexander Karpovtsev, who missed the last two games while attending his mother's funeral in Russia, had a goal and an assist for the Rangers. Wayne Gretzky assisted on both Ranger goals.


The Flyers, whose Broad Street Bullies won the team's only two Cups in 1974 and 1975, will make their first appearance in the finals since 1987, when they lost in seven games to Messier and Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers.


The teams each scored twice on power plays in the first period before Brind'Amour's goal with just under a minute left in the period put the Flyers ahead 3-2.


Lindros opened Sunday's scoring at 5:18, stuffing a backhander past the Ranger goalie.


Chris Therien set up the game-winner when he slid a short pass to Brind'Amour, who fired between Ranger goalie Mike Richter's legs with 54 seconds left in the period.


Brind'Amour added his second at 6:37 of the third, chipping a rebound into an untended goal.


The Rangers were ahead 2-1 when John LeClair tied the game up on a power play goal at 15:53 of the first.


New York took advantage of penalties to Brind'Amour and Joel Otto with goals by Karpovtsev and Esa Tikkanen 26 seconds apart in the first period.


The Rangers were limited to two shots in the scoreless second period.


Avalanche 6, Red Wings 0. In Denver, Claude Lemieux and Joe Sakic each scored two goals and Colorado beat Detroit goalie Mike Vernon for four scores in the first 22 minutes as the Avalanche avoided playoff elimination with a 6-0 win Saturday night.


The Red Wings still led the Western Conference final series 3-2, going into Game 6 Monday night in Detroit.


The defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche, facing elimination for the first time in its brief two-year history in Colorado, summoned its best effort of the series in rebounding from a humbling 6-0 loss in Game 4 on Thursday.


Patrick Roy, who gave up five goals in Thursday night's loss, recorded 32 saves this time for his 11th career playoff shutout to extend his NHL record for victories by a goalie to 96.


Vernon, who had limited the Avalanche to five goals in the first four games, was replaced by Chris Osgood at 2:23 of the second period, after Stephane Yelle's goal had given Colorado a 4-0 lead.


Lemieux scored the game's first two goals, both on rebounds, and Sakic added another as Colorado took a 3-0 first-period lead.