Richards, Briere Propel Flyers In Historic Home Opener Win

90955623BB010_WASHINGTON_CAOver 19 thousand packed the Wachovia Center night in South Philadelphia. Almost all of them wearing ‘Relentless’ orange shirts that were given out by the club. It felt like ‘Orange Crush’ all over again. The Flyers won an emotional, yet, historic game against the Washington Capitals in overtime 6-5.

Birthday boy Danny Briere scored the OT game-winner with just over a minute to go in the period. With the sellout crowd out-bursting with cheers throughout the entire game, Briere and the rest of his teammates couldn’t help but to feel sensational about the victory.

“They’re fun once in a while,” Briere said about the sudden scoring in the second period. “I know the coaches probably won’t like watching the tape tonight. Once in a while, it happens. Games are going to break open.”

Last night’s home opener was one that every single Flyers fan will most likely never forget. Fans were treated by an outburst of scoring by Alexander Ovechkin and Flyers capt. Mike Richards. Ovechkin put two goals by goaltender Ray Emery. Alexander Semin also put together two of his own.

Richards and defensemen Matt Carle had record setting nights, respectively. Richards netted his second hat-trick of his career, his first since 2006. The most impressive note of the hatty was all three goals were scored in the second period. Carle, tied an NHL record with four assists in one period.

“When you play Matty Carle with a guy like [Chris Pronger], who kind of keeps the game in front of him, it allows Matty to go a little more involved up the ice,” coach John Stevens said. “We thought that would be a good thing, and so far it’s been true to form.”

For Richards, he became the first player in orange and black to ever score a hat-trick in the teams home opener. The captain was taken away by the Philly crowd, and loved the support the team received from them.

“You definitely enjoy the rush,” Richards said. “You have to do that when you get the opportunity.”

“It was crazy out there. Loud. Great hockey game. Hitting. Scoring. Everything in it,” Richards said. “It was fun. It’s not the ideal way we want to win a hockey game, but it’s encouraging we found a way to win.”

The 3-0 Flyers went 3-for-9 on the power-play while their counterpart went 1-for-5.

Emery, hit earth after providing the Flyers with another period of shutout hockey in the first period. All-in-all; however, Emery did stop 30 shots the Capitals fired at him. The Caps goaltending problems came full circle when Semyon Varlamov was pulled in favor of Jose Theodore in the second period.


The Flyers collected 492 hats from the Richards hat-trick brigade.

JVR had his bell-rung after a questionable hit in the second period. More unfortunate, Blair Betts will miss up to four weeks with a separated right shoulder.

Ovechkin said it was exciting to go goal-for-goal with Richards.

“He’s a great player and this was a great game,” Ovechkin said.

Next up: The Flyers will host the rival defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night from the Wachovia Center.

Quotes: Flyers


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