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Flyers 5, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Colorado Avalanche 2, Philadelphia Flyers 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.

Paul Stastny and David Jones scored for the Avalanche, which had won three of four coming into tonight - including a 3-2 victory Monday at Detroit.

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:23
COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (8) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 COL
11:37
PHI
PPG - Mike Knuble (13) ASST: Mike Richards (23), Braydon Coburn (10)
1 - 1 Tie
18:12
PHI
SHG - Jeff Carter (22) ASST: Simon Gagne (20), Ossi Vaananen (8)
2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
11:24
PHI
Joffrey Lupul (10) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (16), Scott Hartnell (10)
3 - 1 PHI
12:42
PHI
Mike Richards (13) ASST: Simon Gagne (21), Mike Knuble (9)
4 - 1 PHI
18:39
COL
David Jones (5) ASST: TJ Hensick (7), Adam Foote (3)
4 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
02:14
PHI
PPG - Simon Gagne (16) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (17), Mike Richards (24)
5 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
09:17
PHI
Darroll Powe  Hooking against  Cody McLeod
11:01
COL
Wojtek Wolski  Holding against  Scott Hartnell
16:33
PHI
Andrew Alberts  Holding against  David Jones
2nd Period
05:58
COL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Arron Asham
05:58
PHI
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
07:27
PHI
Simon Gagne  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
12:10
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
12:10
COL
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Hartnell
13:30
COL
John-Michael Liles  Holding against  Scottie Upshall
14:45
COL
Cody McLeod  Cross checking against  Mike Richards
16:18
PHI
Jeff Carter  Hi-sticking against  Scott Hannan
3rd Period
01:26
COL
Jordan Leopold  Hooking against  Andreas Nodl
06:49
PHI
Arron Asham  Tripping against  John-Michael Liles
14:44
COL
Ryan Smyth  Hooking against  Mike Richards
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 24TOI: 59:47
Saves: 19EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .792SH: 0 - 1
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
6-1-2
SA: 31TOI: 59:58
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .935SH: 0 - 0
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