PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Richards scored the go-ahead goal with less than eight minutes left in the third period, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
Richards pushed Kimmo Timonen's pass from behind the goal past Martin Brodeur, and Flyers goalie Michael Leighton made that stand up. James van Riemsdyk and Jeff Carter also scored to help the Flyers rally from a 2-0 deficit and snap a two-game losing streak.
Zach Parise and Anssi Salmela scored for the Devils, who have lost 10 of 14.
Salmela left the ice on a stretcher after scoring when he took a hard shoulder to the face from Carter. There was no immediate word on his condition.
Moments after his short-handed goal, a wrister past Leighton's glove side that gave New Jersey a 2-0 lead, Salmela was struck by Carter as he skated by. Salmela tumbled to the ice and remained face down for several minutes, until the Devils medical staff wheeled him off.
The 25-year-old Salmela arrived in last week's trade with Atlanta that brought Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey, and was playing in his second game with his new team. The goal was his first with the Devils and second this season. Kovalchuk has two assists, but remains without a goal with New Jersey.
With the Devils ahead 2-0, Brodeur allowed goals to van Riemsdyk and Carter 1:12 apart late in the second period. Van Riemsdyk scored at 18:24 when he split two defenders and wristed a shot past Brodeur's glove side from just above the faceoff circle. Carter followed by taking Scott Hartnell's cross-ice pass and slammed a one-timer past a tumbling Brodeur.
Parise scored New Jersey's first goal when his attempt to center the puck from just below the faceoff circle glanced off Chris Pronger's skate and past Leighton. It came during a power play seven minutes into the game.
NOTES: Flyers goalie Ray Emery missed his third straight game with tightness in his hip. ... Van Riemsdyk's goal was his first in eight games.