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Flyers rally to beat Devils

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com

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Flyers rally to beat Devils
New Jersey Devils 2, Philadelphia Flyers 3
PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Richards scored a power-play goal at 12:02 of the third period to complete a Philadelphia rally from a 2-0 deficit and snap a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory Monday night against the New Jersey Devils at the Wachovia Center.
 
James van Riemsdyk and Jeff Carter also scored for the Flyers, and Chris Pronger had a pair of assists.
 
Zach Parise and Anssi Salmela scored for New Jersey, which lost for the fourth time in its last five games.
 
After the Devils took a 2-0 lead, the Flyers scored three straight, capped by the winning goal by the Philadelphia captain. Kimmo Timonen dragged the puck around the outside and down behind the New Jersey net. As he held off Colin White, he found Richards in front, and he pushed it past Martin Brodeur to give the Flyers their first lead of the night.
 
"Kimmo made a good play, settled the play down a little bit," said Richards. "He was patient with the puck and made a good pass to me and I just threw it at the net."
 
The Flyers' offense has been lacking a lot lately, especially in their two losses, a 1-0 loss in Edmonton followed by a 2-1 defeat in Minnesota that saw the Flyers pile up 72 shots, but just the one score.
 
Prior to the game the club had been preaching getting bodies and pucks to the net, which is exactly how Richards scored his goal.
 
"It's not easy scoring goals," said Richards. "It seems like the last couple games it's been even tougher. When you get into that slot area, the rough spots, you're going to eventually have a puck on your stick. It happened a couple times beforehand. You keep throwing it at the net something good is going to happen."
 
That could define the Devils' first goal, just seven minutes into the game. With the Devils on the power play, Parise shot the puck from the goal line off Pronger's leg and into the net for his 26th goal of the season.
 
Salmela made it 2-0 when he scored shorthanded 61 seconds into the second period, but he paid a mighty price for it. Salmela led a shorthanded rush into the Philadelphia end, bulled around Richards and beat goalie Michael Leighton, but as he followed through on his shot, Carter hit Salmela in the head with his shoulder. The Devils defenseman was knocked out by the shot as he spun in the air and landed face-first just to the right of the Philadelphia net. He remained down for several minutes before being removed from the ice on a stretcher. After the game he was sporting a few fresh stitches on the bridge of his nose and he was missing the bottom half of his left top front tooth, but otherwise said he was OK.
 
Salmela did not go to the hospital and was not taken for X-rays. He did say he would see Devils team doctors Tuesday for a follow-up exam.
 
"I didn't even remember at first that I scored," Salmela said. "But now I'm getting a little more clear. … I'm getting better now. Just a bit of a headache, but I think everything else is good. Just lucky."
 
The Flyers tied the game with a pair of goals in a 1:12 span late in the second period.
 
Van Riemsdyk stepped between two Devils players as he rushed the puck into the New Jersey end, then used Andy Greene as a screen as he fired a wrist shot past Martin Brodeur with 1:36 left in the period.
 
Moments later, Leighton stopped a hard Jamie Langenbrunner shot, and Pronger spun and fired a pass out of the zone to Scott Hartnell at the New Jersey blue line. Hartnell and Carter created a 2-on-1 with just Mike Mottau back, and Carter finished for his 23rd of the season with just 23.2 seconds left in the period.
 
After the Richards goal, the Flyers had to kill a boarding penalty to Timonen with 1:52 left, but New Jersey was held to one just one shot by Ilya Kovalchuk.
 
"They had five forwards out there, lot of shooters," said Richards. "You just not try to run around, keep it composed. They have skilled players so you just try to block shots, get in the away little bit, make them make shots."
 
Kovalchuk finished with a game-high nine shots, but still is looking for his first goal as a Devil.
 
"He is trying so much to score and you know he is squeezing the stick a little bit," New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire said. "He is so anxious to contribute the way he can by scoring goals. But his game is fine. Just a matter of time that he is going to start feel better and get better shots."

scoring summary
1st Period
07:00
NJD
PPG - Zach Parise (26) ASST: Patrik Elias (18), Andy Greene (20)
1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
01:01
NJD
SHG - Anssi Salmela (2) ASST: Travis Zajac (30), Jamie Langenbrunner (34)
2 - 0 NJD
18:24
PHI
James van Riemsdyk (13) ASST: Claude Giroux (21), Chris Pronger (31)
2 - 1 NJD
19:36
PHI
Jeff Carter (23) ASST: Scott Hartnell (18), Chris Pronger (32)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
12:02
PHI
PPG - Mike Richards (23) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (25), Simon Gagne (18)
3 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
06:43
PHI
Daniel Briere  Hi-sticking against  Colin White
07:45
NJD
Bryce Salvador  Fighting against  Daniel Carcillo
07:45
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting against  Bryce Salvador
08:47
PHI
Blair Betts  Tripping against  Dainius Zubrus
11:25
PHI
Arron Asham  Too many men on the ice
13:32
NJD
Dean McAmmond  Hooking against  Daniel Briere
19:20
NJD
Andy Greene  Tripping against  James van Riemsdyk
2nd Period
06:04
PHI
Oskars Bartulis  Holding the stick against  Ilya Kovalchuk
13:27
NJD
Patrik Elias  Interference against  Darroll Powe
19:36
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Misconduct
3rd Period
03:48
PHI
Chris Pronger  Cross checking against  Zach Parise
06:50
PHI
Lukas Krajicek  Holding against  Zach Parise
10:24
NJD
Zach Parise  Hi-sticking against  Kimmo Timonen
18:08
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Boarding against  Zach Parise
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
33-19-2
SA: 37TOI: 58:59
Saves: 34EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .919SH: 0 - 0
Michael Leighton
SA: 30TOI: 59:39
Saves: 28EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 1
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