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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Philadelphia

(Thursday, December 15th)

Final Score: Vancouver 5, Philadelphia 4

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Anson Carter scored a pair of third-period goals and added an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks past the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4, at the Wachovia Center.

Markus Naslund, Nolan Baumgartner and Trevor Linden also scored for the Canucks, who have won four games in a row. Henrik Sedin contributed three assists, while his brother Daniel finished with a pair of helpers as Vancouver ended a three-game losing streak against Philadelphia.

Alex Auld turned aside 39 of the 43 shots he faced in the win.

Sami Kapanen and Michal Handzus each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who had their modest two-game winning streak snapped. Kim Johnsson and Mike Knuble also scored for Philadelphia, which lost to Vancouver for just the fourth time in its last 17 games against the Canucks.

The Flyers also continued to suffer setbacks on the injury front, as two key players left the contest. Rookie center Mike Richards left in the first period after suffering a concussion, while goaltender Robert Esche, who was playing in just his second game after suffering a groin injury, tweaked his groin in the second and left the contest in the third frame.

Esche allowed four goals on 20 shots before giving way to Antero Niittymaki, who made five saves on six shots faced in relief.

Three straight goals by the Canucks in the third period extended them to a 5-3 lead.

Vancouver first tied the contest at 3-3 with a power-play goal 3:29 into the session. Todd Bertuzzi passed down low to Naslund on the right side of the net. Naslund then sent a pass into the slot that hit off a Philadelphia defenseman's skate and into the net.

Just 37 seconds later, Daniel Sedin sent a pass into the low slot that got by a Flyer and found Carter all alone in front of the net. The forward then slid the puck around Esche's left pad for a 4-3 Vancouver lead.

Carter would later extend the Canucks to a two-goal edge at the 9:23 mark of the third after he punched in a cross-ice feed from Daniel Sedin from the left side of the goal.

The Flyers had two power plays late in the game and capitalized on the second one to account for the final score.

Up a man, Mike Rathje fired a shot from the point that hit off the right post and sat in the crease. Kapanen then shot the loose puck in with 1:26 remaining.

The Flyers had chances in the final minute, but could not net the equalizer.

The Flyers took a 3-2 edge before the end of the second frame after Knuble received a pass along the right side from Kapanen and then wristed a shot from the circle that sneaked past Auld with 3:37 remaining in the stanza.

The Flyers drew first blood in the game at the 10:28 mark of the first period on Handzus' rebound goal, but Vancouver answered just 3:12 later with Linden's tally.

Philadelphia would regain the lead 5:52 into the second frame after Johnsson's shot from the right side hit off the post in the top right corner and into the net.

However, Baumgartner's second goal of the year, a power-play tally, tied the contest at 2-2 with 5:25 left in the second.

Game Notes

This was the only meeting between the two clubs this season...Flyers' rookie Jeff Carter was hit in the left ear with a puck and needed 52 stitches. He returned to the contest...Kapanen has a four-game point streak...Henrik Sedin has two goals and eight assists in his last six games, while Daniel has a five-game point streak...Vancouver finished 2-for-4 on the power play to Philadelphia's 1-for-5...In addition to Esche and Richards, the Flyers continued to play without forward Simon Gagne, captain Keith Primeau and defensemen Eric Desjardins and Joni Pitkanen.

12/15 22:46:29 ET

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