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Flyers 8, Canucks 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 8, Canucks 2
Philadelphia Flyers 8, Vancouver Canucks 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Philadelphia Flyers are full of confidence, now that they've gotten their offense going.

Mike Richards had four points to help the Flyers rout the Vancouver Canucks 8-2 on Wednesday night.

Jeff Carter and R.J Umberger scored 13 seconds apart midway through the first, and Daniel Briere scored and set up Simon Gagne before the period ended as Philadelphia built a 4-1 lead.

"It s going to be good for the confidence of a lot of guys," Briere said. "You start the season and you want to chip in offensively, you want to help out. Some guys aren't going to squeeze the stick as much now. It's really good for everybody to get on board like that."

Joffrey Lupul, Mike Knuble and Richards added second period goals to blow the game open.

Briere, the free agent centerpiece in a rebuilding project that saw the Flyers dress nine players that weren't with the team to start last season, added two assists. The speedy center has four goals and three assists after signing an eight-year, $52-million deal.

Richards added his second goal late in the third to go with his two assists, and Martin Biron, who like Briere started last season in Buffalo, made 25 saves.

"I m happy starting on the road like we did, building some chemistry," Briere said. "We have a lot of new faces and it s a big plus."

The only negative for the Flyers was Jesse Boulerice's cross-check to the face of Vancouver's Ryan Kesler with 5:41 left and Philadelphia up 7-2. After some pushing and shoving back and forth earlier in the shift, Boulerice caught an unsuspecting Kesler across the face with his stick, leaving the Canucks forward lying motionless on the ice. He eventually got up and skated to the bench on his own.

"I'm just lucky my jaw isn't broken, hopefully it's not fractured," Kesler said.

Boulerice received a match penalty for intent to injure, which comes with an automatic review by the league.

"I reacted in a bad way the wrong way," he said.

Roberto Luongo gave up four goals on 13 shots before being pulled.

"It was just a very bad team effort, all 20 guys," Luongo said. "It's not somebody leaving somebody else out to dry, it was just a bad effort all around."

Umberger, who was picked by the Canucks in the first round of the 2001 draft but traded without playing here because of a contract dispute, had an easy backdoor tap-in just 13 seconds later, slamming Richards' pass into an empty net.

Ryan Shannon responded for Vancouver after some pretty power play passing, but more breakdowns allowed the Flyers to pad the lead before the period ended.

Briere walked in alone on Luongo on the power play before sliding a pass through the crease to a wide-open Gagne for a power play tap-in at 13:11, and the two combined on a 2-on-1 goal just over three minutes later. Briere's pass attempt bounced back to him in the slot and Luongo made a good save on the first shot, but Briere was left unchecked to knock his own rebound over the sprawled goaltender.

"This is as bad as I've seen this team play," Canucks captain Markus Naslund said. "We have to wake up. It's embarrassing to lose at home 8-2. It's embarrassing to lose to a team we should beat if we play to our level."

It was the Flyers first trip to Vancouver in almost six years, but nothing changed as far as results. Philadelphia hasn't lost here since 1989, a streak extended to 9-0-4 with a win that got even more one-sided in the second period.

Curtis Sanford took over in net and was beaten on the first shot he faced just 1:24 into the period.

Lukas Krajicek and Knuble traded power play goals midway through the second period before Richards, who also had two assists, rounded out the scoring with yet another easy tap-in on the backdoor after another nice pass from Briere.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:48
PHI
Jeff Carter (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Randy Jones (2)
1 - 0 PHI
09:01
PHI
R.J. Umberger (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Richards (2), Randy Jones (3)
2 - 0 PHI
10:13
VAN
PPG - Ryan Shannon (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (2), Henrik Sedin (2)
2 - 1 PHI
13:11
PHI
PPG - Simon Gagne (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (2), Kimmo Timonen (2)
3 - 1 PHI
16:17
PHI
Daniel Briere (4) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
01:24
PHI
Joffrey Lupul (1) Wrist shot - ASST: R.J. Umberger (1), Mike Richards (3)
5 - 1 PHI
03:24
VAN
PPG - Lukas Krajicek (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (3), Henrik Sedin (3)
5 - 2 PHI
10:22
PHI
PPG - Mike Knuble (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (3), Simon Gagne (4)
6 - 2 PHI
16:46
PHI
Mike Richards (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (3), Joffrey Lupul (2)
7 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
14:19
PHI
SHG - Mike Richards (2) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
8 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
05:28
PHI
Jeff Carter  Tripping against  Ryan Kesler
10:03
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Hooking against  Taylor Pyatt
11:36
VAN
Brendan Morrison  Hooking against  Mike Richards
17:38
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Hooking against  Joffrey Lupul
2nd Period
01:53
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Cross checking against  Ryan Kesler
06:43
VAN
Taylor Pyatt  Holding against  Mike Knuble
09:52
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Interference against  Simon Gagne
14:13
PHI
Mike Richards  Interference against  Henrik Sedin
3rd Period
00:37
PHI
Mike Knuble  Hooking against  Jeff Cowan
02:09
PHI
Lasse Kukkonen  Boarding against  Markus Naslund
11:39
PHI
Jesse Boulerice  Match penalty against  Ryan Kesler
11:39
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jesse Boulerice
14:10
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
19:34
PHI
Ben Eager  Charging against  Curtis Sanford
19:34
VAN
Matt Cooke  Roughing against  Ben Eager
19:34
PHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Matt Cooke
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
SA: 13TOI: 19:54
Saves: 9EV: 4 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .692SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Sanford
SA: 17TOI: 39:04
Saves: 13EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .765SH: 0 - 1