Eric Lindros and Keith Primeau showed last night why the Philadelphia Flyers' new "Twin Towers" could be big trouble.
Primeau marked his return to the ice with a fight, and Lindros made a stirring comeback from a concussion with a goal, some crushing hits and a fight of his own as the Flyers beat the visiting Florida Panthers, 4-2.
"The fans saw a game that was toe-to-toe, one of the best games of the year," Flyers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck said.
No one expected Lindros to fight in his first game back after his third concussion in 22 months, but he emerged with nothing more than a scratch on his forehead.
"I wasn't into fighting," said Lindros, who scored his 18th goal. "I wasn't going to initiate anything or get involved early. But you do what you've got to do to get by. That's fine. You just tie up arms and wait for your chance."
Primeau, playing his first game for Philadelphia and his first in nine months after a contract dispute with Carolina, set the physical tone early with a fight against Todd Simpson in the second period.
With Lindros at 6 feet 4 and Primeau at 6-5, the Flyers have unprecedented size at center on their top two lines.
"I don't think this hockey club can play any different," Primeau said. "We're a big, strong, physical team."
Lindros, who missed four games with his third concussion in 22 months, scored his first goal since Jan. 2 with 8:38 left in the first.
When it was over, the Flyers had ended their 0-3-2 slide and restored the kind of energy that had been missing from their team and building.
* COYOTES 4, HURRICANES 2: Defeating Carolina sure beat playing cards and watching movies for the visiting Coyotes.
In a rare weekday afternoon game, Travis Green, Mika Alatalo and Keith Tkachuk scored 6 1/2 minutes apart in the second period as the Coyotes won their third straight.
A 20-inch snowstorm paralyzed the area and forced the postponement of the game, originally scheduled for Tuesday night. The snow stranded the Coyotes in their hotel--only three miles from the arena--for more than two days.
* MAPLE LEAFS 4, RANGERS 3: In New York, Steve Thomas scored a power-play goal with one minute left to end the home team's seven-game winning streak.
Thomas, who also had a second-period goal, came from behind the net to sweep the rebound of Jonas Hoglund's in-close shot past Mike Richter. That gave the Maple Leafs their first win at Madison Square Garden in 10 tries, dating to a 3-1 victory on Dec. 19, 1990.
* PENGUINS 4, THRASHERS 1: Jaromir Jagr returned to host Pittsburgh's lineup and scored on a power-play goal in the first period.
Jagr had missed four games with a muscle pull in his rib cage but had a fourth acupuncture treatment in six days Wednesday. He played for the first time since the injury forced him out of a game at Nashville on Jan. 15.
* KINGS 6, PREDATORS 2: Luc Robitaille scored two first-period goals and Stephane Fiset made 34 saves in Nashville.
Ziggy Palffy spotted Robitaille breaking into the left circle just 1:56 into the game for a 1-0 lead. After Nashville's Patric Kjellberg tied it at 1 on a power-play goal, Robitaille connected again.
* BLACKHAWKS 6, AVALANCHE 4: Tony Amonte had two goals and two assists as host Chicago ended a three-game losing streak. The Blackhawks handed Colorado only its third loss in 15 games.
* BRUINS-CANADIENS, PPD: The game in Boston was postponed because Montreal was stuck in Raleigh, N.C., due to a snowstorm.
CAPTION: Maple Leafs' Garry Valk is slowed by Rangers' Adam Graves as they chase loose puck. Toronto ended New York's seven-game winning streak.
CAPTION: The Hurricanes' Robert Kron tries to score against Sean Burke in a game that had been postponed by a blizzard.