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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