Flyers 3, Devils 2: Richards' Power-Play Goal Decides Game Marred By Salmela Injury

Mike Richards tallied the game-deciding power-play goal late in the third period, as Philadelphia recovered from a two-goal deficit to top New Jersey, 3-2.

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Flyers 3, Devils 2: Richards' Power-Play Goal Decides Game Marked By Salmela Injury

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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Mike Richards tallied the game-deciding power-play goal late in the third period, as Philadelphia recovered from a two-goal deficit to top New Jersey, 3-2, at Wachovia Center.

James van Riemsdyk and Jeff Carter also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who snapped a two-game slide and face New Jersey in Newark on Wednesday in the back end of this home-and-home set.

Michael Leighton was sharp in net, stopping 28 shots.

Zach Parise and Anssi Salmela scored for the Devils, who have dropped four of five. Martin Brodeur took the loss despite making 34 saves.

Philadelphia took its only lead of the contest courtesy of the power play, when Kimmo Timonen dished from behind the net to Richards, whose quick tip beat Brodeur up high with 7:58 left in the contest.

New Jersey was given a power play with 1:52 remaining and the visitors went with an extra skater seconds later. New acquisition Ilya Kovalchuk unloaded a pair of hard shots in the final seconds, but the first one went high and the last was wide as time expired.

The Devils picked up the game's first goal while up a man seven minutes in, when Parise's attempted pass into the slot deflected off Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger's skate and in.

New Jersey went up 2-0 with 61 seconds played in the second period as Salmela beat Leighton with a wrister, but the Devils defenseman was forced to leave the game after being leveled on a clean shoulder check by Philly forward Jeff Carter.

Van Riemsdyk finally got the Flyers within a goal with 1:36 left in the period, then Carter finished off a 2-on-1 break with 23.2 seconds to go.

The Flyers have won three of four meetings with the Devils this season...Pronger picked up two assists...New Jersey has dropped its last five road games.

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