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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Ville Leino recorded his first career hat trick, but Ron Hainseys tip-in at 1:17 of overtime capped a late rally and sent Atlanta to a 5-4 victory over Philadelphia. Evander Kane carried the puck down the left wing side and laid out a perfect pass to Hainsey, who flipped his shot high and inside the right post. Kane and Andrew Ladd posted a goal and one assist each for the Thrashers, who entered the third period down 3-0 but scored five times in the final 21-plus minutes to take their third win in four games. We were down 3-0, but we came back and played a wonderful game. We played and looked like a team, Thrashers head coach Craig Ramsay said. They dug down and found something special. Chris Mason was credited with the victory after stopping 11-of-12 shots. Starter Ondrej Pavelec allowed three goals on 12 shots through two periods before being pulled. Leino, who hadnt scored since February 22, continued to add to his career high in goals with his trifecta, bringing this seasons total to 17 for the Flyers. Kimmo Timonen also tallied and Mike Richards added three assists in the loss, Phillys fifth in seven games. Sergei Bobrovsky was tagged in defeat for five goals on 41 shots. We didnt take care of the puck and we didnt make plays when we had chances. They were coming hard and we werent ready for that, Leino said of the collapse. The home team took the lead with 5:49 left in the first period, when Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell set up Leino for an easy shot from the right side of the crease. It was 2-0 for the Flyers while shorthanded at 4:21 of the second period, when Richards faked a shot, managed to pull Pavelec out of his crease, then slid the puck in front for an easy tap-in from Timonen. Leino jumped on a loose puck in the crease to make it a three-goal Philadelphia lead on a power play at 14:22. Richards set up the score when his rising shot from the left circle eluded Pavelec. Kane fought off a defender and slipped a shot through Bobrovskys pads 1:09 into the third period for a 3-1 game and Zach Bogosian brought the Thrashers within a goal with 7:45 to play when his blast from the point got through Bobrovskys arm and body. Leino provided a two-goal cushion for the Flyers when he one-timed a Timonen feed from the right point on a power play with 6:28 remaining, but Tobias Enstrom roofed a shot from the right circle to make it 4-3 on an Atlanta power play just inside of three minutes to play. Mason was called to the bench with over a minute to go, then Ladd capitalized on a miscommunication between Bobrovsky and a defenseman by scoring at the right post to tie the game with 45 seconds left. GAME NOTES:Atlanta has won five of the last six meetings with Philadelphia...The Thrashers have won an NHL-best 10 games in overtime...Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger sat out his second straight game with the remnants of a hand injury suffered two weeks ago. Prior to the game, he was listed as day-to-day by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren...John LeClair is the last Flyer to score four goals, on October 15, 2002 in a 6-2 win at Montreal...Atlanta defenseman Dustin Byfuglien left the game early in the third period and did not return...Richards last three-assist game came in a four-point performance on March 2, 2010 at Tampa Bay. Ahmad Bradshaw Jersey . One day after missing practice with a migraine, Wade is expected to be with the Miami Heat on Monday night when they host the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. LaRon Landry Authentic Jersey . The Winnipeg skip still has one more shot to reach the final. He will meet Russias Evgeny Arkhipov in the semifinal Saturday, with the winner to play Scotland for gold on Sunday. ... ERSEY.html . Brad Richardson and Justin Williams scored third-period goals just over a minute apart to help lift the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. LaRon Landry Youth Jersey . The Bruins led by 23 points with a little under nine minutes to play, but Michigan State made shot after shot down the stretch to whittle down its deficit. By the time Keith Appling drilled a three-pointer with 4. Reggie Wayne Womens Jersey . Jenna Westaway from the University of Calgary took the womens track event, while Sherbrookes Olivier Huet took the mens field award. Blouin, who finished 19th in pole vault at the London Olympics, claimed the RSEQ conference title two weeks ago with a vault of 4. HOUSTON -- Kevin Durant was in uncharted territory on Saturday night, playing in his first game without friend and teammate Russell Westbrook. Durant knew it would be different, but vowed to do whatever he could to carry his team through this difficult period. He delivered on that promise by scoring 41 points and helping Oklahoma City fight off Houstons late rally to beat the Rockets 104-101 for a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series. "I didnt feel the same," Durant said. "And I knew I just had to give my all from here on out ... every game is for him." Durant checked his phone moments after leaving the court and smiled recalling the text messages he received from Westbrook. "He texted me at halftime and right after the game," Durant said. "Just said congrats and that he loved me." Durant scored 27 points in the first half, and the Thunder led by 26 points before a big third-quarter rally by the Rockets put them within striking distance. Houston regained the lead with about 4 minutes left, and was up with less than a minute remaining. But Durant hit a 3-pointer, which bounced off the rim before falling in, to put Oklahoma City on top 100-99. "We didnt want to give up any 3s," Houstons James Harden said. "He just made a lucky shot. It was good defence. It just went in and took some of the energy out of us." A turnover by Harden gave the Thunder the ball back and Derek Fisher made two free throws to push the lead to three. Harden made a layup, but Reggie Jackson hit two more free throws after that. Houston had a last chance, but Carlos Delfinos 3-pointer fell short. Thunder coach Scott Brooks was impressed that his team was able to win despite losing its All-Star point guard. "Its been an emotional time the last 48 hours," Brooks said. "We all love what Russell (Westbrook) is about. Hes got probably the biggest heart Ive ever been around." Fisher said it was difficult getting through these last couple of days, but the 16-year veteran said he was there to help the younger guys deal with the loss of Westbrook. "Were still grieving, so to speak, as a team," Fisher said. "But thats why Im here, and thats why this is a team. Injuries and bad things happen in sports, but we still have to figure out a way to get things done." Harden scored 30 points for the Rockets in the first playoff game in Houston since 2009. The Rockets will be at home again for Game 4 on Monday night. Westbrook was injured in Game 2 and had season-ending right knee surgery Saturday. It was the first time Durant had played a pro game without Westbrook, who hadnt missed a game in his career before Saturday. Durants 41 poiints equaled a playoff career high, and he also had 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.dddddddddddd He sat down for just 44 seconds on Saturday. "Kevin has done a great job of being a playmaker all season long," Brooks said. "Hes an amazing scorer, and he sets up a lot of guys to get easy buckets." Jackson made his first career start in place of Westbrook and had 14 points, and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Chandler Parsons had a tying 3-pointer for Houston with 5:46 left, and Delfino put the Rockets in front for the first time since early in the first quarter when he connected from long range to make it 94-93 about 2 minutes later. Ibaka made four straight points after that, ending with a reverse layup, to make it 97-94 with about a minute and a half left. Harden hit a pair of free throws. Then Francisco Garcias 3-pointer put them up 99-97 with 45 seconds left, before the clutch shot by Durant. The Rockets rallied from a 15-point deficit to take a lead in the fourth quarter in Game 2. But they werent able to hold on and Oklahoma City got the 105-102 win. It was much the same this time, as Houston went up late only to fall again. "Weve got to find a way to win those games," Houston coach Kevin McHale said. Harden complained that he and his teammates were sluggish and lacked energy early. He knows that wont cut it if they expect to win on Monday. "We have to have that energy from the beginning of the game to the end of the game," he said. "We cant have droughts. You have to play a solid game for 48 minutes." Westbrooks absence didnt seem to bother Oklahoma City early, as Durant had the big first half and the Thunder looked to be in complete control. Things changed in the third quarter when Durant was limited offensively and Houston outscored the Thunder 27-14 in the period. Houston point guard Jeremy Lin, who bruised a chest muscle in Game 2, started but scored only two points in about 18 minutes. Parsons scored 21 points, and Garcia had 18. After a big run got Houston within eight in the third quarter, Garcia and Harden made 3-pointers around a dunk by Durant to whittle the lead to 80-76 entering the last quarter. Durant was scoreless in the third until his dunk with 27 seconds remaining in the quarter. The Thunder led by 19 points when the Rockets used a 16-5 surge to get to 78-70 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third. The Rockets harassed Oklahoma City into three turnovers in that stretch, and Durant went cold as he missed four shots. NOTES: Garcia and McHale received technical fouls in the first quarter. ... Pitching great Roger Clemens and Houston Texans star receiver Andre Johnson attended the game. ' ' '
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