Mike Richards evolved into something unique last night. He became part of the Flyers Broadstreet Bullies past and showed his team the way back to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
Near the end of the first, Richards lit a fire under his team by having a Donny Brooke with the Caps centreman Brooks Laich. Richards took a couple good shots and required stiches to repair a gash on his nose. The fight turned the momentum in favour of the Flyers who eventually would win after coming back from behind 1-0. Richards added his eighth goal of the season on a 2 on 1 rush with Joffery Lupul.
Nittymaki also gave Biron something to think about by playing a solid game. With both goalies playing well, the Flyers may have something they've been missing in a long time; a good goalie combination. Nittymaki made up for a poor start against Tampa Bay and helped keep the team in a tight game as Ovechkin brought the Caps closer to tying the game with a powerplay goal late in the third. Nittymaki stayed strong after that goal and the flyers improved to 2-3-0 on thier current 8 game road trip.
The Flyers travel to New York on Monday to continue the final stretch in the road trip, and should be able to play well against their division rivals. Richards will not be taken lightly anymore and he is becoming a franchise player with a season stat of 14 points and a team high 8 goals.
Briere also added to his team high point total, 15 points in 12 games with a goal on Caps goalie Olaf Kolzig.