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CLUTCH FACTOR: Peter still great

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Ask Philadelphia fans who the Clutch Factor leader should be ... expanded his lead thanks partially to a stunning overtime goal Saturday night when he flipped a backhander over the top of Philadelphia goaltender less than 30 seconds into the extra session. The goal was Forsberg's fourth point in overtime, more than anyone else in the Top 25. Outside the Top 10, of the was the big mover of the week, scoring nine points — including one in overtime — to jump seven spots.
    Only the top 25 scorers in the NHL are eligible (ties for 25th was broken by number of goals) Rank players by total points (categories kept by STATS Inc.) in:
  • Third period: The game is often in the balance.
  • Overtime: Goes without saying, a goal means a win.
  • Scoring when tied: One-goal lead in today's NHL is huge.
  • Last five minutes of a period: The ice is bad, players are tired.
  • Road games: Who can quiet the crowd.
  • If players have the same number of points in one area, players are ranked by goals within that category. First place earns 25 points, second 24 and so on. Statistics through games of March 9.
Clutch factor: The Top 10
Overall rank Last week Player 3rd period points OT points Points when game is tied Points in Last 5 minutes Road points TOTAL score
1. 2. 15.5 25 24 24 25 113.5
Comment: In a class all his own.
2. 3. 19 11.5 23 23 24 100.5
Comment: Quickly becoming only player within shouting distance of Peter.
3. 2. 20 18 19 19 22 98
Comment: Got hurt by scoring only one point last week.
4. 4. 5 18 17 25 23 88
Comment: Is he riding Forsberg's coattails, or is Peter riding his?
5. 5. 17 18 22 7.5 21 85.5
Comment: still have a bit of breathing room in Northwest.
6. 6. 21 7.5 18 16 18 80.5
Comment: still in a freefall, but Thornton keeps on moving up.
7. 8. 11 18 16 17.5 17 79.5
Comment: Much better than last week, when he went scoreless.
8. 7. 14 22 21 3.5 14 74.5
Comment: Are in or out of playoff chase? We'll know by Tuesday.
9. 9. 25 3 12 21 11.5 72.5
Comment: Suddenly got a lot of extra help.
10. 10. 15.5 11.5 10 22 8 67
Comment: So did he.
And the rest (point total and last week's ranking in parentheses)... 11. (64, Last Week: 12); 12. (63, LW: 11); 13. (63, LW: 14); 14. (62.5, LW: 13); 15. (60, LW: 22); 16. (59, LW: 15); 17. (53.5, LW: 19); 18. (49, LW: 18); 19. (48, LW: 21); 20. (48, LW: NR); 21. (43, LW: NR); 22. (41.5, LW: 20); 23. (41.5, LW: NR); 24. (36, LW: 24); 25. (33.5, LW: 23). Dropped out: (LW: 16); (LW: 17); (LW: 25). Michael Lazarus can be reached at his e-mail address, mlazarus@foxsports.com.
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