The Philadelphia Flyers knew one of their shots eventually had to go in. Mike Richards’s was the one that finally counted.
The team captain scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with less than eight minutes left in the third period, leading the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils last night in Philadelphia.
Richards, who shot the final of a flurry of shots at Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, took a behind-the-net pass from Kimmo Timonen, and Flyers goalie Michael Leighton made that stand up, as the Flyers rallied from two goals down.
“It was a little bit of a scramble, getting the puck, and Kimmo made a good play, just like he always does,’’ Richards said.
While Richards netted the go-ahead goal, James van Riemsdyk and Jeff Carter shifted the momentum, as each beat Brodeur late in the second to tie it at 2.
With the Devils ahead, 2-0, Brodeur gave up the pair of goals 1:12 apart.
The Flyers snapped a two-game losing streak, and beat the Devils for the third time in four meetings.
Zach Parise and Anssi Salmela scored for the Devils, who have lost 10 of 14.
Salmela left the ice on a stretcher after scoring when he took a hard shoulder-to-the-face hit from Carter. At the end of the second period, Salmela was seen walking and talking.
“I didn’t see it coming,’’ he said, adding that he lost consciousness for a few moments. “It’s no big deal. It’s just hockey.’’
Avalanche 5, Blues 2 - Brandon Yip scored two goals and Chris Stewart had a goal and two assists as host Colorado moved into a first-place tie with idle Vancouver in the Northwest Division.
Sharks 3, Maple Leafs 2 - Ryane Clowe scored with less than seven minutes left in the third period as visiting San Jose sent Jean-Sebastien Giguere to his first loss since being acquired from Anaheim Jan. 31. Giguere had posted consecutive shutouts in his first two games with the Maple Leafs.
Coyotes 6, Oilers 1 - Matthew Lombardi had two goals and three assists for a career-high five points as host Phoenix earned its 36th victory, matching its total from last season. Edmonton lost for the 23d time in its last 26 games.
Ducks 4, Kings 2 - Corey Perry had a goal and two assists and host Anaheim snapped Los Angeles’ franchise-record nine-game winning streak.