NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Calgary
(Monday, February 1st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Calgary 0
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Ray Emery posted his third shutout of the season behind 18 saves, and the Philadelphia Flyers topped a new-look Calgary club, 3-0, at the Saddledome.
Mike Richards' 100th NHL goal in the game's second period proved to be the game-winner, while the Flyers' captain added another in the third for his first two-goal game since December 23 against Tampa Bay.
Claude Giroux scored on a breakaway in the third as Philadelphia won the opener of a three-game road trip following a 4-2-0 homestand. Simon Gagne assisted on both Richards' scores.
"I thought that was probably our best sixty minute effort in a little while," remarked Flyers coach Peter Laviolette.
The Flames, meanwhile, failed to build off their lone win in their previous 10 games following Saturday's 6-1 drubbing of Edmonton. The following day, Calgary pulled off a seven-player trade with Toronto in an effort to shake the team out of the doldrums -- most notably sending defenseman Dion Phaneuf to the Leafs, while receiving four Toronto regulars in return.
Instead, the hosts dropped their seventh game in the last eight at home and moved to 1-7-3 over their last 11 games overall. Miikka Kiprusoff had 24 saves in the loss.
"We had a lot of guys here tonight who just didn't play well. The emotion level was not where it needed to be. We can't have players, new and old, take too long getting used to each other because we have no time for that, we need to win hockey games," said Flames coach Brent Sutter.
After the game, the Flames did more dealing, sending forwards Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust to the New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.
Following a scoreless first period, Richards got things started just past the halfway point of the game -- finding a loose puck in the slot off a Gagne deflection and cranking a shot over the glove of Kiprusoff.
Less than two minutes into the third, Arron Asham hit Giroux with a cross-ice pass streaking down the left wing. He feigned forehand before flipping a backhander up and over Kiprusoff's blocker for a 2-0 affair.
Approaching two minutes left in the game, Richards put the finishing touches on the win by rifling a slap shot to the back of the net from the low slot.
Emery wasn't tested all that much, but came up with stops when he needed to, posting seven saves in the first, three in the second and eight over the final 20 minutes.
The Flames were attempting to win consecutive contests for the first time since putting together a five-game win streak from December 28-January 5...Emery has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his last six games...The Flyers notched a 3-2 win the last time the clubs met at the Saddledome on October 4, 2007, and have now won three straight and five of their last six trips to Calgary...Philadelphia had lost four of its last five on the road coming in...Richards has 22 goals on the year, while Giroux picked up his 12th of the season...Acquired from the Maple Leafs on Sunday and in the lineup were defenseman Ian White and forwards Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and Matt Stajan.
02/02 01:36:59 ET