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Philadelphia Flyers 7, St. Louis Blues 2 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:24 AM

Associated Press

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Philadelphia Flyers 7, St. Louis Blues 2 FINAL
Philadelphia Flyers 7, St. Louis Blues 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Five goals showed why the Flyers stand atop the NHL on the power play.

Mark Recchi scored two of Philadelphia's power-play goals, helping the Flyers win for just the second time in 11 games, 7-2 over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

The Flyers, 2-3-3-3 in their last 11 games, were dominant with an extra man. They scored five goals in eight power-play chances against the Blues to pad their season power-play totals to 37 goals in 150 chances.

"We put it all together tonight," Recchi said. "We've been close. We really moved the puck well. The power play was terrific tonight. We recovered pucks, and that really hems a team in. We wore their penalty killers down."

The Blues have allowed 11 power-play goals at home this season; St. Louis ranks first in the league, killing 71 of 82 penalties.

"Sometimes, the puck goes in," Blues center Doug Weight said. "It's an ugly loss."

St. Louis is 0-2-0-2 in its last four home games against Philadelphia. This is the only meeting between the teams this season. Last year, the clubs split two games, each team winning on the road.

"This was a very big win," Recchi said. "For a team we only play once or twice a season, there was a lot of emotion out there. It was a fun game to be a part of. Obviously, we won, but there was a lot of intensity out there. We needed this win."

Philadelphia scored three power-play goals in the second period for a 4-1 lead.

Tony Amonte got the puck at the right side of the net and backup Blues goalie Brent Johnson went down on the ice. Amonte roofed the puck over the flopped Johnson to put Philadelphia ahead 2-1.

The Flyers scored their third goal on 13 shots when Joni Pitkanen got a power-play goal on a soft wrist shot from the slot. The Blues then pulled Johnson in favor of Reinhard Divis.

Philadelphia scored its third power-play goal of the period when Recchi beat Divis with 18.9 seconds left. Weight was called for elbowing Simon Gagne, who lost his helmet on the hit, and just 28 seconds into the man advantage, Recchi scored when he sent a low wrist shot through Divis' pads. It came on the sixth shot Divis faced.

"We've got great depth," Flyer center Keith Primeau said. "We're able to roll four lines out there. When you can establish a lead against St. Louis, they tend to rely a lot on a handful of guys to do things offensively.

"We match up well with a lot of teams in the league. We're hard to play against when we have the lead."

The Flyers scored twice during a two-man advantage in the third period. Recchi connected at 5:43 and Jeremy Roenick scored at 6:11 for a 6-1 lead. Roenick later scored an even-strength goal on a high slap shot from the top of the slot.

The Blues complained about Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock sending out its top power-play unit late in the game.

"I think we were a little upset," Weight said. "We saw a lot of Roenick, a lot of Amonte and a lot of (John) LeClair and a lot of Recchi. Hitch is a great coach. I disagree with it."

Hitchcock said he was unconcerned.

"They can whine all they want. I don't really give a darn, to be honest with you," Hitchcock said. "You know what, I have three units. I was rolling lines. We have three units and we use all three."

Scott Mellanby scored the final St. Louis goal on a power play.

Earlier Tuesday, St. Louis recalled Divis under emergency conditions from Worcester, the St. Louis affiliate in the American Hockey League. St. Louis scratched starting goalie Chris Osgood before the game with a right knee contusion. Osgood was hit by a puck during Monday's 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

The Blues scored 8 seconds into a first-period power play. From the top of the right faceoff circle, Keith Tkachuk one-timed a pass from Weight past goalie Robert Esche.

The Flyers tied the game just 1:58 later. Donald Brashear lifted the puck over a sprawled Johnson from the left side of the goal.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:15
STL
PPG - Keith Tkachuk (18) Slapshot - ASST: Doug Weight (24), Chris Pronger (19)
1 - 0 STL
07:13
PHI
Donald Brashear (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Williams (17), Mike Comrie (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:11
PHI
PPG - Tony Amonte (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Comrie (2), Mark Recchi (17)
2 - 1 PHI
09:24
PHI
PPG - Joni Pitkanen (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Michal Handzus (14), Simon Gagne (11)
3 - 1 PHI
19:41
PHI
PPG - Mark Recchi (15) Snap shot - ASST: Jeremy Roenick (21)
4 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
05:43
PHI
PPG - Mark Recchi (16) Slapshot - ASST: Michal Handzus (15), Eric Desjardins (10)
5 - 1 PHI
06:11
PHI
PPG - Jeremy Roenick (13) Snap shot - ASST: Tony Amonte (16), Simon Gagne (12)
6 - 1 PHI
07:54
STL
PPG - Scott Mellanby (5) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Pronger (20), Keith Tkachuk (16)
6 - 2 PHI
17:47
PHI
Jeremy Roenick (14) Slapshot - ASST: Keith Primeau (9), Marcus Ragnarsson (6)
7 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
05:07
PHI
Simon Gagne  Holding the stick
11:48
PHI
Mark Recchi  Hi-sticking
15:10
PHI
Eric Weinrich  Holding
2nd Period
00:48
STL
Michael Danton  Clipping
07:44
PHI
Todd Fedoruk  Fighting (maj)
07:44
STL
Jeremy Yablonski  Fighting (maj)
08:50
STL
Dallas Drake  Cross checking
10:35
STL
Christian Laflamme  Interference
13:19
PHI
Marcus Ragnarsson  Interference
19:13
STL
Doug Weight  Elbowing
20:00
STL
Michael Danton  Roughing
20:00
STL
Murray Baron  Fighting (maj)
20:00
PHI
Justin Williams  Roughing
20:00
PHI
Justin Williams  Charging
20:00
PHI
Keith Primeau  Fighting (maj)
20:00
PHI
Keith Primeau  Roughing
3rd Period
04:03
STL
Jeff Heerema  Too many men/ice - bench
05:12
STL
Dallas Drake  Hi-sticking
07:23
STL
Murray Baron  Fighting (maj)
07:23
PHI
Todd Fedoruk  Fighting (maj)
07:23
PHI
Michal Handzus  Hi-sticking
17:47
STL
Michael Danton  Roughing
19:27
STL
Steve Martins  Slashing
20:00
PHI
Donald Brashear  Roughing
20:00
STL
Jamal Mayers  Roughing
goalie stats
Robert Esche
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .933SH: 1 - 1
Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
SA: 13TOI: 29:24
Saves: 10EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .769SH: 0 - 0
Reinhard Divis
Reinhard Divis
SA: 16TOI: 30:36
Saves: 12EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 6
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 1
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