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Richards, Gagne help red-hot Flyers jolt Avalanche

Dec 17, 2008 - 4:04 AM
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Captain Mike Richards and Simon Gagne recorded a goal and two assists apiece as the Philadelphia Flyers notched their fifth straight victory with a 5-2 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

Mike Knuble scored a goal and set up another and Joffrey Lupul also tallied for Philadelphia, which improved to 13-1-3 in its last 17 games.

Jeff Carter netted the Flyers' league-leading 12th shorthanded goal as they improved to 8-0-2 in their last 10 games at the Wachovia Center.

"If you take advantage of these points early in the year, hopefully you can bank them and get some on the road, too," Richards said. "These games that we are getting are going to be big points-wise down the stretch."

Antero Niittymaki turned aside 29 shots for Philadelphia, which snapped a five-game losing streak to the Avalanche.

Paul Stastny scored a power-play goal and David Jones also tallied for Colorado, which fell to 8-2-1 in its last 11 visits to the City of Brotherly Love.

"It wasn't really a 5-2 game. I thought that we did a lot of things that we wanted to early in the game, but they found a way to hang in there," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "Their goalie made the saves when he had to. We tried, we just ran out of gas a little bit toward the end.

"Philadelphia has won a lot of hockey games lately for a reason, so they are a good hockey club."

Peter Budaj turned aside 19 shots for the Avalanche, who are 2-4-1 in their last seven games.

"I don't want to take anything away from Philadelphia, but I thought that we outplayed them," Budaj said. "They got power-play goals and a couple of lucky bounces to win the game. The guys worked hard and really competed hard and they deserved a better fate."

After the teams traded goals just over two minutes apart in the first period, Carter accepted a feed from Gagne and beat Budaj for his 22nd goal of the season with 1:48 remaining in the session.

Lupul and Richards scored 78 seconds apart in the second period to net the Flyers a 4-1 lead with 7:18 remaining in the session.

Richards was credited with the tally, although Colorado defenseman Scott Hannan inadvertently knocked the puck into the net.

"I don't how it went in, but it did," Richards said. "When you're playing well, you are getting bounces. If it hit the glass, I don't think that it is going to go in, but that is what happens when things are going well."

"At the start of the year, we couldn't get a break and win a game - and now we're getting goals like Richie's (Mike Richards) that bounces off the glass and come back and hit the goalie," Lupul said. "It's a nice feeling. You know it's not going to last forever, but there is a lot of confidence in this dressing room. When we get down, we still feel that we can come back - and now it's just a matter of trying to keep that in here."

Philadelphia coach John Stevens credits the Flyers' fortune to hard work.

"I've always been a believer in the harder you work, the more bounces you get," Stevens said. "We have had some good bounces lately.

"I thought the first six games of the season, we had some unfortunate bounces. It just seemed like the harder you worked, the bounces turn in your direction. They have a way of evening themselves out."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1 0 2
    PHILADELPHIA 2 2 1 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) PAUL STASTNY 8 (UNASSISTED) 9:23
    PHI - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 13 (MIKE RICHARDS, BRAYDON COBURN)
    11:37
    PHI - (SH) JEFF CARTER 22 (SIMON GAGNE, OSSI VAANANEN) 18:12
    2ND PRD: PHI - JOFFREY LUPUL 10 (KIMMO TIMONEN,

    Dec 16 9:34 PM


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    COLORADO 2
    PHILADELPHIA 5
    3RD PRD: PHI - (PP) KIMMO TIMONEN 4 (MIKE RICHARDS) 2:14

    Avalanche 2, Flyers 5  3rd - 17:46Dec 16 9:04 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1 2
    PHILADELPHIA 2 2 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) PAUL STASTNY 8 (UNASSISTED) 9:23
    PHI - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 13 (MIKE RICHARDS, BRAYDON COBURN)
    11:37
    PHI - (SH) JEFF CARTER 22 (SIMON GAGNE, OSSI VAANANEN) 18:12
    2ND PRD: PHI - JOFFREY LUPUL 10 (K

    Dec 16 8:42 PM


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    COLORADO 2
    PHILADELPHIA 4
    2ND PRD: COL - DAVID JONES 5 (T.J. HENSICK, TYLER ARNASON) 18:31

    Avalanche 2, Flyers 4  2nd - 1:29Dec 16 8:40 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 1
    PHILADELPHIA 4
    2ND PRD: PHI - MIKE RICHARDS 13 (SIMON GAGNE, MIKE KNUBLE) 12:42

    Avalanche 1, Flyers 4  2nd - 7:18Dec 16 8:26 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    2ND PRD: PHI - JOFFREY LUPUL 10 (KIMMO TIMONEN) 11:24

    Avalanche 1, Flyers 3  2nd - 8:36Dec 16 8:22 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1
    PHILADELPHIA 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) PAUL STASTNY 8 (UNASSISTED) 9:23
    PHI - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 13 (MIKE RICHARDS, BRAYDON COBURN)
    11:37
    PHI - (SH) JEFF CARTER 22 (SIMON GAGNE, OSSI VAANANEN) 18:12
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3R

    Dec 16 7:42 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 1
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    1ST PRD: PHI - (SH) JEFF CARTER 22 (SIMON GAGNE, OSSI VAANANEN) 18:12

    Avalanche 1, Flyers 2  1st - 1:48Dec 16 7:41 PM


  • NHL
    COLORADO 1
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    1ST PRD: PHI - (PP) MIKE KNUBLE 13 (MIKE RICHARDS, BRAYDON COBURN)
    11:37

    Avalanche 1, Flyers 1  1st - 8:23Dec 16 7:29 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) PAUL STASTNY 8 (UNASSISTED) 9:23

    Avalanche 1, Flyers 0  1st - 10:37Dec 16 7:24 PM
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