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Richards lifts Flyers past Ducks in shootout

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Captain Mike Richards scored the

lone goal in the shootout after collecting three assists in

regulation as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Anaheim Ducks,

5-4, on Friday.

Martin Biron made 23 saves before denying all three shooters in

the bonus format for the Flyers, who have won back-to-back

contests and jumped into a tie atop the Atlantic Division with

the New York Rangers with 49 points.

"It's a huge two points," Philadelphia coach John Stevens said.

"We just go into overtime and, obviously, we wanted to push the

envelope and try to get the extra point, especially against a

Western Conference team."

Defenseman Ossi Vaananen and Josh Gratton both netted their

first goals of the season, while blue-liner Braydon Coburn and

Mike Knuble also tallied in regulation for Philadelphia.

Corey Perry, Rob Niedermayer, rookie Andrew Ebbett and Ryan

Getzlaf scored for the Ducks, who have lost five of their last

six contests (1-3-2).

"I think this was the most intense game that we've played in a

while," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "It was a good hockey

game. From our side, we're taking a positive spin on it because

we worked hard."

In the second round of the shootout, Richards fired a wrist shot

that beat goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, finding the top

corner of the net.

"I knew he was going to go down. I knew he was going to take

the lower part of the net away," Richards said of the netminder.

"I just kind of waited for him to make the first move, and when

he went down, I just tried to go upstairs."

Biron, who already had made solid saves on Perry and Bobby Ryan

in the bonus format, watched Getzlaf's ensuing attempt go wide,

securing the win.

"I think all three of them had pretty good moves," Biron said of

the shootout. "I think Bobby Ryan had a really good shot. He

just probably didn't hit his spot. I think Getzlaf just fanned

on it."

Perry tied the contest at 1-1 with 35 seconds left in the first

period with his 10th goal, and the Ducks carried that momentum

into the next session. Niedermayer scored 32 seconds into the

second.

Ebbett, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, extended the

advantage to 3-1 at 6:16 with his first career goal.

"It's a great feeling just to get it out of the way," Ebbett

said. "Now I don't have to worry about that first one anymore.

It would have been nicer if it had been in a win. It's my

birthday, too, so it's especially nice."

But the Flyers halved the deficit 16 seconds later on Gratton's

goal and evened the contest with 2:19 remaining in the period,

when Coburn netted a power-play goal.

In an exciting final 2 1/2 minutes of the session, Anaheim

reclaimed the lead on Getlaf's man-advantage goal with 74

seconds left. But Knuble tied the game at 4-4 just 14 seconds

later with his 14th tally.

"It's good that we're coming back, it's bad that we're getting

down," Richards said. "We're giving teams too much momentum off

the start, and they're scoring on too many power plays. It's

obviously something that we don't want to do, but it's nice to

see the resilience."

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