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Flyers 5, Devils 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 5, Devils 3
New Jersey Devils 3, Philadelphia Flyers 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Flyers coach Peter Laviolette expected Mike Richards to help the team end a losing streak, and the Philadelphia captain came through.

Richards scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period to lead the Flyers to a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

James Van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux, Danny Briere, and Jeff Carter also scored for the Flyers, who had gone 0-1-2 in their previous three games. Carter and Matt Carle each added two assists.

"I think any time you've lost a few games you look to your captain to step it up," Laviolette said. "I think he is really on his game right now."

Richard, who also had an assist, deflected a slap shot from just inside the blue line by Chris Pronger, giving the Flyers a 3-2 lead at 3:37 of the final period.

"I saw the initial release but it just found a hole," New Jersey goaltender Johan Hedberg said about Richards' goal. "This was another big game for us to try to find our winning ways. It's not about lack of effort. Philly is a good team."

Briere scored at 8:07 of the third period, converting from the crease after taking a backhanded pass from Carter. The Devils pulled to 4-3 when Patrik Elias scored on a power play with a two-man advantage with 44 seconds left. Carter added an empty-net goal with 2 seconds remaining.

"It was good to finally win a tight game," Briere said. "Even though they have struggled this year, we always fight hard against each other."

Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac also scored for the Devils, and Jamie Langenbrunner had two assists. New Jersey has lost three of four, with the only win during that stretch coming in a 2-1 shootout against the Flyers last Saturday. The Devils have also lost five straight on the road.

"It's definitely a tough loss," Devils coach MacLean said. "We had a couple of breakdowns and we tried to get back in it. It just was not enough."

Philadelphia goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month in November, made 23 saves including a brilliant stop of Kovalchuk's breakaway attempt late in the second period.

Hedberg, appearing in his season-high sixth straight game for the Devils while Martin Brodeur recovers from a bruised elbow, stopped 29 shots.

Kovalchuk put the Devils ahead on a power play at 3:02 of the first period. His one-timer from just inside the blue line nicked off the skate of Flyers center Blair Betts into the goal.

It was his first goal in his last nine games and only his second goal in his last 17.

Van Reimsdyk tied it 17 seconds later, knocking in a rebound after Richards' shot hit the post.

Zajac gave New Jersey a 2-1 lead at 12:55 of the period with a wrist shot from just inside the faceoff circle. It was his first goal in 11 games.

Giroux tied it 58 seconds into the second period, scoring on a rebound in traffic in front of the goal and earning the praise of his teammate Carter.

"It's a big part of our game, waiting at the net, jamming the corners, and getting some dirty goals," Carter said.

NOTES: Richards is the Flyers' all-time leading scorer against the Devils with 28 points (7 goals, 21 assists) in 36 career games. ... The Devils were only 1 for 43 on the power play on the road before Kovalchuk's goal. ... Devils D Colin White recorded his 100th career assist on Zajac's goal. ... Philadelphia went 0 for 3 on the power play and is 2 for 41 with the man advantage in its last 10 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:02
NJD
PPG - Ilya Kovalchuk (5) ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (7), Patrik Elias (13)
1 - 0 NJD
03:19
PHI
James van Riemsdyk (4) ASST: Mike Richards (17), Andreas Nodl (5)
1 - 1 Tie
12:55
NJD
Travis Zajac (3) ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (8), Colin White (1)
2 - 1 NJD
2nd Period
00:58
PHI
Claude Giroux (13) ASST: Darroll Powe (7), Jeff Carter (9)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
03:37
PHI
Mike Richards (10) ASST: Chris Pronger (10), Matthew Carle (9)
3 - 2 PHI
08:07
PHI
Daniel Briere (13) ASST: Jeff Carter (10), Matthew Carle (10)
4 - 2 PHI
19:16
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (4) ASST: Travis Zajac (8), Jason Arnott (5)
4 - 3 PHI
19:58
PHI
EN - Jeff Carter (12) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (11)
5 - 3 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
02:46
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Interference against  Adam Mair
03:28
PHI
Claude Giroux  Hooking against  Jamie Langenbrunner
07:14
NJD
Colin White  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
07:14
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Colin White
2nd Period
02:11
NJD
Andy Greene  Holding the stick against  Claude Giroux
16:31
NJD
Andy Greene  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
04:53
PHI
Daniel Briere  Holding against  David Clarkson
04:53
NJD
David Clarkson  Diving against  Daniel Briere
05:50
NJD
Anton Volchenkov  Holding the stick
18:37
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Tripping against  Ilya Kovalchuk
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 33TOI: 58:48
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0
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