|COL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|PHI||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||5|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Mike Richards and Simon Gagne each had a goal and two assists, and the Philadelphia Flyers won their fifth straight game by beating the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Tuesday night.
Mike Knuble added a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter and Joffrey Lupul also scored for the Flyers, unbeaten in regulation in their last 10 home games (8-0-2).
Carter is second in the NHL with 22 goals, two behind Buffalo's Thomas Vanek.
The Avalanche had beaten the Flyers five straight times. Philadelphia's previous win over Colorado was 2-1 in overtime in 2002. The Flyers hadn't won a meeting in Philadelphia since 1999, also in overtime, 5-4.
Philadelphia's Antero Niittymaki, who started in place of flu-ridden Martin Biron, stopped 29 shots for his sixth win in his last seven games.
Peter Budaj, who has started in 26 of Colorado's 31 games, made 19 saves.
Stastny, who leads the Avalanche in scoring with 27 points, put Colorado ahead with an unassisted power-play goal at 9:23 of the first period. His eighth goal came six seconds after Darroll Powe was called for hooking.
The Flyers responded with a power-play goal by Knuble at 11:37 and a short-handed score by Carter at 18:12 to take a 2-1 lead.
Knuble scored his 100th goal as a Flyer, poking in a shot from the crease after taking a cross-ice pass from Richards on a power play.
Carter scored on a one-timer after Simon Gagne picked up a loose puck deep in the Flyers' zone, skated in and slid a pass to Carter in front of the circle.
The Flyers extended their lead to 4-1 with a pair of bizarre goals within a span of 1:18 midway through the second period.
Lupul's shot from in close bounced off the crossbar straight down into the net at 11:24.
Richards was given credit for a goal at 12:42 when Budaj and Scott Hannan inadvertently knocked the puck over the goal line during a scramble.
Colorado made it 4-2 when Jones deflected T.J. Hensick's shot between Niittymaki's pads with 1:21 left in the period.
Gagne deflected Kimmo Timonen's slap shot from the blue line on a power play for his 16th goal at 2:14 of the third period. Timonen, who had two assists, has six assists in his last two games.
Notes: Richards extended his points streak to eight games (seven goals, eight assists). ... Colorado killed off 12 straight penalties before Knuble's power-play goal. ... The Avalanche is in the midst of a four-game road trip, the club's second-longest of the season, with games remaining at Tampa Bay and Florida. ... The Flyers lead the NHL with 12 short-handed goals, one less than their 2007-08 total. ... The Flyers recalled G Scott Munroe from the Philadelphia Phantoms, their American Hockey League affiliate.
|PPG - Paul Stastny (8) ASST: NONE|
1 - 0 COL
|PPG - Mike Knuble (13) ASST: Mike Richards (23), Braydon Coburn (10)|
1 - 1 Tie
|SHG - Jeff Carter (22) ASST: Simon Gagne (20), Ossi Vaananen (8)|
2 - 1 PHI
|Joffrey Lupul (10) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (16), Scott Hartnell (10)|
3 - 1 PHI
|Mike Richards (13) ASST: Simon Gagne (21), Mike Knuble (9)|
4 - 1 PHI
|David Jones (5) ASST: T.J. Hensick (7), Adam Foote (3)|
4 - 2 PHI
|PPG - Simon Gagne (16) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (17), Mike Richards (24)|
5 - 2 PHI
|Darroll Powe Hooking against Cody McLeod|
|Wojtek Wolski Holding against Scott Hartnell|
|Andrew Alberts Holding against David Jones|
|Chris Stewart Fighting (maj) against Arron Asham|
|Arron Asham Fighting (maj) against Chris Stewart|
|Simon Gagne Hooking against Paul Stastny|
|Scott Hartnell Fighting (maj) against Ian Laperriere|
|Ian Laperriere Fighting (maj) against Scott Hartnell|
|John-Michael Liles Holding against Scottie Upshall|
|Cody McLeod Cross checking against Mike Richards|
|Jeff Carter Hi-sticking against Scott Hannan|
|Jordan Leopold Hooking against Andreas Nodl|
|Arron Asham Tripping against John-Michael Liles|
|Ryan Smyth Hooking against Mike Richards|
|SA: 24||TOI: 59:47|
|Saves: 19||EV: 18 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 3|
|SV%: .792||SH: 0 - 1|
|SA: 31||TOI: 59:58|
|Saves: 29||EV: 24 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .935||SH: 0 - 0|