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Flyers post rare shootout win over Rangers

Mar 22, 2008 - 3:57 AM
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- After squandering a pair of leads in the third period, the Philadelphia Flyers came through in the shootout.

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter scored in the bonus format as the Flyers skated to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday.

Daniel Briere tallied twice and Richards also netted a goal in regulation for Philadelphia (37-28-10), which moved past idle Boston (37-28-9) and into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

"The games are so big right now," Richards said. "Every game is a must-win, so to get these two points is pretty huge for our team."

"We aren't going to play passive and play scared," Briere added. "We have to keep going. We have a team with a lot of speed and a lot of guys that can hit and skate.

Defenseman Marek Malik, Nigel Dawes and captain Jaromir Jagr scored and blue-liner Christian Backman collected three assists for the Rangers (39-26-10), who climbed within one point of the idle Ottawa Senators (41-26-7) for fifth place in the East.

"It's a valuable point," New York coach Tom Renney said. "Every point is. I'm not sure how good it is, but it's valuable for us. ... We found a way to get a point, and that is crucial."

"You never feel good when you don't win the game, but if you take the positives of coming back on a couple of different occasions and getting a point, the team showed a lot of heart and a lot of character," Rangers right wing Brendan Shanahan added. "We played shorthanded with a lot of different lines, and we were able to storm back and get a tie."

After watching leads of 2-0 and 3-2 slip away in the third period, the Flyers successfully killed a late power play for the Rangers in overtime to get the game to the shootout.

Entering with a league-worst 1-5 mark in the bonus format, Philadelphia took an early advantage when Richards slipped a nifty backhander between the pads of goaltender Stephen Valiquette on the first attempt.

"I just kind of had that move in my head, so I figured I'd stick with what works," Richards said.

On New York's first chance, Shanahan's backhander sailed wide of the left goalpost. Carter followed by lifting a backhander past Valiquette, giving the Flyers a 2-0 edge.

"They just beat me," Valiquette said. "I didn't feel like I was feeling my zone, I guess. It's a lot about the gap. I think that I let my gap get a little too wide." Needing to score in order to keep alive New York's hopes, Dawes was denied by netminder Martin Biron, sealing the Flyers' first home win over the Rangers in eight tries.

"He looked like he was really zoned in on that shootout," Philadelphia coach John Stevens said of Biron. "Shanahan and Dawes, those are two guys that have beaten him before, and he was really intense on those plays. You have to get saves in that shootout, and he came through. It's only going to boost his confidence moving forward and will give him a big push heading into the final seven games."

In addition to losing a point, New York also lost the services of All-Star center Scott Gomez, who crashed into the end boards midway through the first period and left the game with an upper body injury.

Gomez was taken for X-rays that proved negative but refused to disclose his specific injury or how much time he will miss, if any.

"It's an 'upper body,'" he said. "I don't know how long 'upper bodies' take."

Richards gave the Flyers an early lead, scoring his 26th goal of the season just 4:37 into the game.

After blocking a dump-in attempt by Malik, Richards gained control of the puck and raced down the ice on a breakaway. The All-Star unleashed a wrist shot that beat Valiquette to the glove side for a 1-0 edge.

The goal was the first allowed at the Wachovia Center in 124 minutes, 37 seconds by Valiquette, who posted shutouts in each of his previous two starts here.

Following a scoreless second period, Philadelphia doubled its lead midway through the third.

Vaclav Prospal kept the puck in the offensive zone at the blue line, punching it down low to Briere. After skating behind the net, Briere banked the puck off the stick of defenseman Dan Girardi and in at the left post at 10:50 to make it 2-0.

"There were a lot of broken plays," Valiquette said. "On the second goal, I could have been more aware of that play coming toward me. I felt the play was out of the zone. It caught me by surprise a little bit."

New York wasted little time halving the deficit as Malik received a cross-ice pass from Jagr and beat Biron with a wrister from the left point just 71 seconds later.

"It all started with Marek's goal," Shanahan said. "It put them back on their heels. We hadn't gotten anything by (Biron). When that one got through, it gave us a bit of a boost. We started charging a little harder."

Scott Hartnell nearly restored the two-goal lead with just under seven minutes remaining, but he lost control of the puck on a partial breakaway and it hit the left post.

Less than a minute later, the Rangers forged a 2-2 tie as Dawes' one-timer from above the slot deflected off the leg of Patrick Thoresen and between the pads of Biron with 6:11 left in the period.

Briere put the Flyers back in front at 16:23, converting a feed from Hartnell while being pushed into the net.

"There were a couple of goals in the third period that our line needed, and that is what we are here for," Briere said. "We need to provide our team with those goals. We've been waiting for a game like this to happen."

"Danny Briere couldn't wait to get over the boards," Stevens said. "He was halfway over the boards before we even called his name. He wanted to be on the ice and he went down and gets us the lead. I know we didn't hold it, but he was a real leader on the ice tonight."

But Jagr answered with 1:51 to go, unleashing a backhander from along the end line on the right side that caromed off defenseman Jason Smith and into the net for his 19th of the season.

"The guys just shoots it and it goes off of our guy," Biron said. "Jagr goes right around me and shoots it."

The goal also was the 640th of Jagr's career, tying him with Dave Andreychuk for 12th place on the all-time list.






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