For one of the few times this season, the Flyers didn’t disappear after falling behind.
Trailing 2-0, the Flyers scored two goals late in the second period, then won it on Mike Richards’ power-play goal with 7:58 left as they outlasted the visiting New Jersey Devils, 3-2, at the Wachovia Center Monday night.
The Flyers had compiled an NHL-worst 5-25 record in games in which they trailed at any point.
Rookie James van Riemsdyk started the comeback with his 13th goal late in the second period, and Jeff Carter tied it at 2-2 by scoring with 24 seconds left in the session.
Kimmo Timonen set up Richards' game-winner against the legendary Martin Brodeur.
“We are not the most confident team right now," Brodeur admitted. "I think it’s been a little struggle for us. I think when you have a setback in the game, sometimes it’s harder to recover now than it is when you’re doing well. So, we are just going to regroup.
"We played some good minutes of hockey in this game we are going to build on it and we see them again in a couple of days.”
Michael Leighton was solid in the nets and picked up the win as the Flyers moved from eighth to seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Weather permitting, the teams meet again Wednesday in Newark, where lots of snow is in the forecast.
“I hope it carries over in the way we played tonight," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "Again, I thought we were forechecking, looking for offense, and trying to get to their net."
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As he scored the Devils' second goal, Anssi Salmela appeared to take a shoulder to the head from Carter; he was taken off on a stretcher.
“He said he feels better, a lot better because at the start he couldn’t remember anything," New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire said. "Now he says...things are coming back.”
Lemaire's view of the hit?
“Well, he was cutting inside and you know that blindside, that’s where Carter came from and he hit him with his shoulder, so it’s tough to say. To me, it’s a hit that happens. But you hate to see guys getting injured like this.”
Added Lemaire: "I don't blame Carter at all. He's an honest player and he plays hard."
The NHL figures to review the hit and decide whether Carter will be suspended.
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Defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, whom the Flyers dealt to Detroit Saturday, cleared waivers and was sent to the Red Wings' AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids.
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The Flyers are hoping to bring the NHL All-Star Game and entry draft to Philadelphia.
The club submitted proposals to the NHL offices in New York on Monday. The Flyers would like to host one or both events in 2012 or 2013.