CALGARY, Alberta _ Mike Richards scored two goals _ including the 100th of his career _ and Ray Emery notched his third shutout of the season as the Flyers blanked host Calgary, 3-0, on Monday night.
Emery, who made his eighth staright start, was forced to make only 18 saves because of a stellar backchecking job by his teammates.
“I think the boys made it about as easy as it can get,” Emery said. “I thought we played our best defensive game of the year. It’s nice to play for a team that has played as consistently as we have lately.”
“We were moving our feet for 60 minutes, and Ray came up with a couple of good stops when we needed it,” defenseman Chris Pronger said.
Simon Gagne contributed assists on Richards' goals _ one on a late power-play tally _ and Claude Giroux scored on a pretty backhander after being sent in on a breakaway by Arron Asham to make it 2-0 early in the final period.
“We rolled all four lines tonight and everybody showed up; it’s a good start for the road trip,” Giroux said.
Defenseman Lukas Krajicek, who was paired with Kimmo Timonen most of the time, was impressive in his Flyers' debut. He blocked two shots in 18:25.
"He was really solid. Skated well and made good plays defensively," coach Peter Laviolette said.
Matt Carle blocked a game-high four shots, and Jeff Carter aided the victory by winning 11 of 14 faceoffs (79 percent). Defenseman Braydon Coburn and Oskars Bartulis were each plus-2 as the Flyers won their second staright.
They resume the three-game road trip by playing at lowly Edmonton on Wednesday, then face Minnesota on Saturday.
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Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren is working the phones before the March 3 trade deadline, but don’t expect a blockbuster deal _ Atlanta left winger Ilya Kovalchuk could not fit under their cap unless they dealt someone such as Carter _ like Calgary made on Sunday.
“I don’t know where this stuff comes from,” said Holmgren, when asked about reports that the Flyers had interest in Kovalchuk ($6.4 million cap hit).
The Flyers are right up against the $56.8 million cap.