PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Flyers took advantage of their power play in overtime. The Phoenix Coyotes didn’t.
Mike Richards’ wrist shot from the slot 1:35 into the extra session lifted Philadelphia over the Coyotes 4-3 and extended the Flyers’ winning streak to four games on Saturday night.
Richards jumped out of the penalty box to score off a pass from Jeff Carter after the Flyers killed a Phoenix power play that extended 1:08 into overtime.
“Right over the blue line I was going to pass it right away,” Richards said. “But I held on to it as long as I could. The (Phoenix) guy slid by and I took the shot.”
Scott Hartnell, Mike Knuble and Carter also scored for the Flyers in a game punctuated by fluke goals. Philadelphia has won five of six.
Daniel Carcillo, Martin Hanzal, and Todd Fedoruk scored for the Coyotes, who lost their season-high fifth straight game.
Mikael Tellqvist made 30 saves in his second start for the Coyotes.
Martin Biron stopped 25 shots for the Flyers.
Carter pulled the Flyers into a 3-3 tie with 1:07 left in regulation when he deflected Richard’s slap shot past Tellqvist.
“I’m more disappointed in the (missed) power play in overtime than I am in their score late in the game,” Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said.
Carter’s goal came after Fedoruk put the Coyotes ahead 3-2 at 14:46 of the third period when his wrist shot bounced in off Philadelphia defenseman Lasse Kukkonen.
Knuble tied it at 2 with a power-play goal at 5:08 of the third. Standing with his back to the net, Knuble deflected Kimmo Timonen’s shot past Tellqvist’s glove side.
“We played a pretty solid game and let it slip away,” Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski said.
“With Murphy’s law, it just broke down and went the other way.”
Phoenix went ahead with 51 seconds left in the second period on a fluke goal that was credited to Hanzal.
Zbynek Michalek’s slap shot from just inside the blue line was knocked down by Luca Sbiza, but the Flyers defenseman got tangled up with Hanzal while falling down and his stick inadvertently swept the puck between Biron’s pads.