Travis Green scored 10 minutes 51 seconds into the second overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the visiting Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, last night to force a decisive Game 7 in the first-round series.
Green backhanded a shot over goalie Roman Cechmanek after Darcy Tucker's rebound landed in front of the net.
"We live to play another game," Green said. "It was quite a relief when the puck went in."
The teams have played seven overtime periods during the first six games of the series but will have to recover quickly because Game 7 is tonight in Philadelphia. Not since the 1950 Stanley Cup finals have Games 6 and 7 of a series been played on consecutive nights.
All three games played in Toronto in this series were decided in overtime.
"We had an opportunity. We didn't capitalize and it's disappointing, but we have to quickly regroup," Philadelphia captain Keith Primeau said. "It's going to be a huge challenge for both teams to quickly replenish and get recharged, but because of what's at stake, I don't think it will be hard for the guys to get motivated."
Jeremy Roenick scored for the Flyers, who have lost in the first round four of the past five years.
Toronto's Mats Sundin almost won it in the first overtime with a backhanded shot, but Cechmanek made a sprawling pad save. Sundin later hit the post.
Cechmanek made 34 saves. Ed Belfour stopped 35 shots for Toronto.
The Flyers didn't have defenseman Eric Desjardins, who is out with a broken bone in his right foot.
* WILD 3, AVALANCHE 2: In St. Paul, Minn., Richard Park scored his second goal of the game 4:22 into overtime as the Wild forced a decisive Game 7 in the series.
The Wild got four shots on goalie Patrick Roy in overtime, and Park's bad-angle wrist shot slid underneath Roy's glove to send the crowd of 19,350 -- another overflow sellout -- into a frenzy.
Minnesota, in the playoffs for the first time in its three-year history, has won two straight while on the brink of elimination. The teams will play tonight in Denver, with the winner moving on to the second round to face either St. Louis or Vancouver.
"We've accomplished something so far, and we don't want to let up," said Marian Gaborik, who put Minnesota ahead 2-0 midway through the third period. "We want to go back strong and try to play the best game we've ever played."
Of the 193 teams in NHL history that have trailed a series 3-1, only seven have come back to win two games on the road.
After trailing 2-0 late in the third period, the Avalanche got goals from Joe Sakic and Greg de Vries against Manny Fernandez in the final 31/2 minutes.
But they didn't even get a shot off in the extra period and now will play a Game 7 for the fifth straight series, dating from the Stanley Cup finals in 2001.
"We had a great feeling going into overtime," Colorado Coach Tony Granato said. "We had all the momentum."
Roy has a career record of 40-17 in overtime games in the postseason.