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Richards helps Flyers to comeback win over Coyotes

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Richards helps Flyers to comeback win over Coyotes

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PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Captain Mike Richards set up the tying
goal with 67 seconds left in regulation and scored 1:35 into
overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers rallied for a 4-3 triumph
over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.

Jeff Carter scored a goal and set up another and Scott Hartnell
and Mike Knuble also tallied as Philadelphia notched its fourth
straight victory.

Martin Hanzal registered a goal and an assist, Daniel Carcillo
netted his first tally of the season and former Flyer Todd
Fedoruk also scored for Phoenix, which fell to 0-4-1 in its last
five games.

"I thought our guys played hard," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky
said. "Hanz (Martin Hanzal) played well tonight. It was nice
to see Fedoruk get a goal, he played hard. We did a lot of good
things, but the big negative was that it was a tough loss
tonight."

Trailing, 3-2, late in the third, Philadelphia pulled goaltender
Martin Biron for an extra attacker. Stationed at the top of the
left faceoff circle, Richards calmly wristed a sharp pass to
Carter, who redirected the puck past netminder Mikael Tellqvist
from the slot for his team-leading 14th goal of the season.

"(Tellqvist's) such a big goalie, it's so hard to find some
holes on him," Carter said. "I wasn't really getting too many
good shots. A lot of them were on the ice."

Richards and Carter teamed up again in overtime to get the
better of Tellqvist, who was making his first start in 12 games.

Carter forced a turnover in the defensive zone and fed Richards,
who led a 2-on-1 rush after serving an interference penalty.
Richards skated across the blue line and, with Carter converging
on the net, patiently unleashed a sharp wrist shot past
Tellqvist for the game-winning goal.

"(Richards) doesn't want to be in the box at any time, let alone
in overtime," Carter said. "I knew when he came out of the box,
he was going to be firing. It's nice to be out there with him
because you know he's going to leave everything out on the ice."

Richards deflected the credit to Carter.

"He's really playing unreal and doing a lot of good things on
the penalty kill and on the power play," Richards said. "He's
also playing against their top guys every night. Right now,
he's doing everything he can to win us hockey games, and we're
just following along with him."

"The game is on the line in the third period into overtime,"
Flyers coach John Stevens said. "Richie is in the box, so you
have to count on (Carter) there. The end of the third period
into overtime, (Carter) was lugging the puck. He was confident
and he wanted the puck. You almost have this feeling that
you're going to go down and score just because Jeff had that
look in his eye where somehow we are going to win the hockey
game."

A seventh-round pick of the Flyers in 1997, Fedoruk had given
the Coyotes a 3-2 lead with 5:14 remaining in the third, when he
wristed a shot past Biron for his second goal of the season.

"I think it hit (blue-liner Lasse) Kukkonen's glove, and it took
a bounce on the ice," Biron said. "(Defenseman Andrew) Alberts
told me he was right behind the whole play and said it took a
curve to the right and hit the inside of the post. It almost
looked like it was going to miss the net, and it bounced over my
pad. It was a weird bounce."

"We scored a strange goal, too, so I guess it evens it up,"
Richards said of Fedoruk's goal. "When you get a break like
that from our goal, it gives you the momentum, and then when
they get a goal like that, it gives them the momentum. I
thought we fed off of our penalty-killing tonight and carried it
into the overtime and seemed to capitalize."

After Hanzal scored with 51 seconds left in the second period to
give Phoenix a 2-1 advantage, Knuble leveled the contest just
over five minutes into the third by deflecting a shot from the
point by defenseman Kimmo Timonen past Tellqvist for his eighth
tally.

Hartnell opened the scoring 6:18 into the first period, firing a
centering a pass into the slot that caromed off both Phoenix
defenseman Zbynek Michalek's skate and Tellqvist's right pad
before trickling into the net.

Carcillo forged a 1-1 tie with 70 seconds remaining in the
session. Attempting to play the puck behind his own net, Biron
put it right on the stick of Carcillo, who deposited it into the
vacant net from the right side of the crease.

Phoenix struggled on the power play, going 1-for-8 with the man
advantage.

"I think if you look at most of the game, it was a pretty solid
game," Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski said. "Our goaltender
played great. We moved the puck and had some great
opportunities. Just need to cash in when we have the
opportunities."

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