Flyers back on track after second win in a row

PHILADELPHIA --- Jeff Carter scored in overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.


Martin Biron made 29 saves as the Flyers beat New Jersey for the second time in two days. The Flyers' 6-3 win over the Devils on Friday night snapped a 13-game winless streak in New Jersey and was Philadelphia's first win of the season following six losses.

After play was delayed in overtime when a fan threw a smoke bomb onto the ice, Carter deflected Ossi Vaananen's shot from the blue line past Martin Brodeur. It was Carter's sixth goal of the season and extended his goals streak to four games.

Mike Knuble and Scott Hartnell added goals for the Flyers. Zach Parise and Brian Gionta scored for the Devils.

Philadelphia appeared to have won only moments before Carter's goal, when Simon Gagne poked the puck over Brodeur's shoulder and off the cross bar -- but a review showed the puck never crossed the goal line.

New Jersey tied it at 2 late in the second period on Gionta's power-play goal. Gionta took a pass from behind the net, skated across the goal mouth, and beat Biron with a backhand shot.

Hartnell broke a 1-1 tie at 9:40 of the second period. Brodeur made an initial save on Braydon Coburn's slapshot, but Hartnell scooped up the rebound and scored on a wide-open net.

Brodeur stopped 30 shots in the loss.

The Devils made it 1-1 on Parise's sixth goal of the season 27 seconds into the second period. He beat Biron to the glove side after deflecting Colin White's wrist shot from the blue line.

Parise, who led New Jersey in scoring last season, extended his goals streak to four games, collecting eight points in that span.

Knuble opened the scoring, giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 9:42 of the first period after taking a wraparound shot and punching his own rebound past Brodeur.

INJURY UPDATE: Rangers coach Tom Renney returned to the New York bench Saturday, one night after he sustained a concussion when hit by an errant stick during a game.

Renney was injured in the second period of the Rangers' 3-1 victory at Columbus on Friday night and watched the remainder of the game with medical personnel after being helped off the bench by the training staff.

He was cleared to fly home with the team hours later, and he resumed his coaching duties when the Rangers faced the Penguins on Saturday night.

"I had a headache this morning and a problem with my eye a little bit, but I feel good," Renney said.

Doctors evaluated him in the morning, and Renney said he never considered sitting out.

"They just asked the appropriate questions and they were able to make a determination on whether or not I could do it," he said.

Renney added that he didn't experience any problems on the flight home.

He was smacked on the top of the head by the stick of Columbus defenseman Rostislav Klesla midway through the second period when Klesla was hit by Rangers forward Ryan Callahan.

There was no need to hide what the ailment was or term it by the now trendy "upper body injury."

"We can probably be more specific in this case," Renney said. "No harm done there."

Assistants Perry Pearn and Mike Pelino filled in for Renney after he left the bench.

The Rangers scored the tying goal a few seconds after Renney was injured. Then, they went ahead 2-1 later in the second and stretched their lead in the third.

"I said, 'Now that he's gone, we have a chance,' " Pearn quipped before Saturday's game.

Although he had sustained much more serious injuries during his hockey playing and coaching career, Renney said this was his first mishap off the ice.

"It's the first time I've ever been hit like that on the bench," Renney said. "It's the first concussion like that anyway."



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