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Richards Helps Lead Flyers to 3-2 Victory Over Devils

Thursday, 09.29.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Richards Helps Lead Flyers to 3-2 Victory Over Devils


Philadelphia, PA – R.J. Umberger, Brian Savage and Mike Richards all scored goals and Robert Esche made 16 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers improved to a perfect 5-0 in the preseason with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Wachovia Center.

Richards tallied the game-winning score late in the second period. On the play, Jon Sim took a shot from close range that sat in front of goaltender Ari Ahonen. Richards, who was charging the net, took the puck and make a quick move before sliding it in for his third goal of the preseason.

To hear Richards talk about his goal, click here.

The line of Sim, Richards and Mike Knuble has been together for virtually the entire exhibition schedule, and the trio now has a total of 22 points.

But it is rookie Richards who continues to impress.

I think the thing is, he was born for the NHL, said head coach Ken Hitchcock. He's a skilled guy that has really high competitive instincts. That's a good match, and he's playing with good players. There's good chemistry on that line.


He's incredible, said Donald Brashear. That's what I like about this game, there's always new players coming and you look at them and you know they're going to be stars.

Sergei Brylin scored a power play goal for New Jersey, but that was all they would get on Esche.

Philadelphia opened up a 2-0 courtesy of goals by Umberger and Savage. Umberger skated the puck into the zone on a power play, went around Devils defenseman Brian Rafalski and beat goaltender Scott Clemmensen at 10:25 for his first goal.

Savage also lit the lamp for the first time when his goal gave the Flyers a two-goal lead at 16:02. Simon Gagne tipped a puck towards the crease where Patrick Sharp tried to redirect it. It ended up on the stick of Savage on the other side of the crease, and Savage easily lifted it past Clemmensen.

David Hale scored just 24 seconds later to get New Jersey on the board to make it a 2-1 game at the intermission. Philadelphia outshot the Devils during the first 20 minutes, 16-4.

Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher made his preseason debut for the Flyers, after missing the first four games with a strained left knee.

For his first game in a long time, I thought he looked really good, said Hitchcock. He's a guy who hasn't even had much time to practice with us. To play the way he did today was, I thought, excellent.

It felt really good for the first half of the game, then after that the legs started catching up with me a little bit, but that's to be expected, said Hatcher.

A heavyweight fight between Brashear and Krzysztof Oliwa delighted the over 18,000 fans in attendance early in the second period.

The Flyers have two preseason games remaining, both on the road. Friday night they play the Devils once again at the Meadowlands, before they travel to Washington to play the Capitals on Saturday night.

Philadelphia begins the 2005-06 regular season at home next Wednesday, October 5 against the New York Rangers.

FLYERS NOTES
Gagne and Richards scored in the post-game shootout, and Esche allowed one goal on two attempts as the Flyers won two goals to one … Kim Johnsson left the game in the first period and did not return due to a mild right groin strain … Jeff Carter also left the game, and will most likely be out for the rest of the preseason with a right elbow sprain. … The Flyers announced that tickets for the Lehigh Valley Daily Farms Family Section will go on sale on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for home games in December. Tickets can be purchased at the Wachovia Center box office, all ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, or by calling (215) 336-2000.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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