Philadelphia (17-7-6) at Montreal (16-9-5), 7:00 pm EST
MONTREAL (Ticker) — Everything appears to be going the
Philadelphia Flyers way – even the bounces.
Captain Mike Richards and the Flyers seek their season-high
sixth consecutive victory Thursday when they face the Montreal
Benefiting from an advantageous bounce, Richards scored a goal
and set up two others as Philadelphia posted a 5-2 triumph over
the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
The 17th captain in franchise history, Richards extended his
career-high points streak to eight games with his second
consecutive three-point performance as the Flyers improved to
13-1-3 in their last 17 games.
After the 23-year-old set up Mike Knuble with a brilliant feed
to the doorstep in the first period, Richards then netted his
13th goal of the season – thanks to a rather fortunate bounce.
With 7:18 remaining in the second period, Simon Gagne alertly
slipped the puck to Richards in the slot. The Ontario native
unleashed a shot that sailed over the net, but the puck caromed
off the glass, off both the top of the net and goaltender Peter
Budaj before trickling down into the crease.
In an attempt to clear it out of harm’s way, Colorado defenseman
Scott Hannan inadvertently knocked the puck past Budaj and into
“I don’t how it went in, but it did,” Richards said. “When
you’re playing well, you are getting bounces. If it hit the
glass, I don’t think that it is going to go in, but that is what
happens when things are going well.
The Canadiens are hoping to snap a three-game losing streak.
Alexei Kovalev’s shorthanded goal ended a 19-game drought, but
Montreal still suffered a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on
Kovalev has six goals and 23 points.