NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Anaheim|
(Friday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Anaheim 4 (SO)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Richards scored the game-winner in the
shootout and added three assists as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Anaheim
Ducks, 5-4, at Honda Center.
Richards was the second shooter for Philadelphia and he snapped a wrister past
Jean-Sebastien Giguere and off the crossbar.
Ryan Getzlaf had the last chance for Anaheim, but he fired his shot wide of
the net to give Philadelphia the win.
Mike Knuble had a goal and an assist while Martin Biron made 23 saves to
improve to 8-0 in his career versus Anaheim for the Flyers, who have won their
last two games.
"It was a good hockey game," said Richards. "It was fast. There was hitting,
fighting, and scoring. It was just a good hockey game, probably to play and
probably to watch too. It was nice to see the resilience. We scored on the
power play. It was just a good team game by us."
Corey Perry had a goal and an assist and Giguere finished the contest with 28
saves for the Ducks, who have dropped five of their last six games.
"It's a good stepping stone," said Giguere. "We need to start building on some
positive stuff. The last two or three games we've seen a lot of good things.
Tonight there were a lot of emotions and the penalty killing did its job. For
sure, there are things you'd like to get back, but at the end of the day we
gave it our best. But we need more coming up."
The Flyers drew first blood in the contest. Richards won a right circle
faceoff and got the puck back to Ossi Vaananen, who blasted a low slap shot
that banged off the left post and in with 6:07 left in the first.
However, Anaheim answered with 35 seconds left in the first as Chris Kunitz
sent a drop pass from the deep left boards to behind the net, where Perry
grabbed it, spun to the front and stuffed it past Biron.
The second period was a high-scoring affair as each team lit the lamp three
Anaheim took a 2-1 lead just 32 seconds into the frame as Rob Niedermayer flew
down the right wing and from the circle wristed home the puck.
The Ducks then took a 3-1 lead on the power play as Chris Pronger's wrist shot
from the right point was tipped in by Andrew Ebbett for his first goal in the
NHL at the 6:16 mark.
The Flyers, though, answered 16 seconds later from an unlikely source as Josh
Gratton grabbed a loose puck and from the left circle beat Giguere on the
glove side with a wrist shot.
Philadelphia tied the game at 3-3 with a power-play goal. Richards threw a
wrister on net from the right circle that was stopped. Knuble, though, threw
the puck out to the left side before it went behind the net and Braydon
Coburn, pinching in from the left point, slammed it home with 2:19 left in the
Anaheim, though, regained the lead just 1:05 later with another power-play
goal as Perry sent a no-look pass from the right boards to the left side where
Getzlaf knocked it in for a 4-3 advantage.
However, Philadelphia again tied the game just 14 seconds later as Richards
skated into the Anaheim end, slammed on the brakes at the top of the right
circle and sent the puck over to Knuble, who one-timed it home.
Despite having four power plays in the third period, the Flyers only managed
seven shots on net in the frame, with Giguere making a couple of big stops.
Anaheim had one power play early in the first period and threw six shots on
Philadelphia had four shots on net in the overtime while Anaheim managed just
Anaheim hosts Phoenix on Sunday...The Flyers are 2-2 on their six-game road
trip and play in Los Angeles on Saturday...Flyers forward Simon Gagne is
expected to miss the next 7-to-10 days with a strained shoulder he suffered
after taking a hit by Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa just 15 seconds into Tuesday's
3-2 win over the Canucks. He has 18 goals and 22 assists in 36 games this year
after being limited to just 18 points in 25 games last year due to concussion
issues...Gratton's goal snapped a 41-game scoreless streak...The Flyers have
won three straight and five of six against Anaheim...Anaheim went 2-for-4 on
the power play while Philadelphia finished the game 1-for-6.
01/03 01:47:26 ET