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Richards, Flyers looking for sixth straight win

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

the net.

"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.



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