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Flyers skate to easy win over injury-depleted Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It was a rough initiation for the St. Louis
Blues' third-string goalie.

Mike Knuble and R.J. Umberger each scored twice and the
Philadelphia Flyers peppered Jason Bacashihua and the last-place
Blues in a 5-2 victory on Saturday night.

"I thought he played well, but you can tell this is a team that
needs confidence," said Peter Forsberg, who had two assists. "You
kind of feel for them.

"They should be a pretty good team, but right now you can see
they're struggling."

Patrick Lalime was waived Monday and backup Curtis Sanford was
injured four days later, leaving 23-year-old Bacashihua to make his
first career start. The Flyers beat Bacashihua on three of their
first nine shots in the second period to break the game open.

Bacashihua, who played the last half of Friday night's loss at
Chicago, wasn't too disappointed.

"I try not to put too much pressure on myself, I just try to
tell myself to go out and have fun," Bacashihua said. "This is a
great experience and I just want to enjoy every minute of it."

It may be his only start. The Blues could recall Reinhard Divis,
who began the season as the backup, on Monday if he clears waivers.

Jon Sim also had two assists for the Flyers, who have won three
of four despite being riddled with injuries. The Blues, who also
lost star forward Keith Tkachuk with a broken hand Friday, have
allowed five goals in losses on consecutive nights.

The Flyers are missing nine players, including leading scorer
Simon Gagne, and leaned heavily on backup goalie Antero Niittymaki.

"Our goalie was terrific," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "You
need him to win on the road anyway and we did a lot of good things
in the first two periods, and then we tried to sit on it in the
third."

The teams combined for four goals in a span of 1:42 early in the
second period, the first and last coming from Umberger. The Flyers
also got Knuble's second goal of the game on a rebound, and Branko
Radivojevic added an empty-netter in the final minute.

Aaron Downey scored his first goal of the season and Scott Young
had a power-play goal for the Blues, last in the NHL with 16
points. St. Louis is 1-10-1 when playing on the second night of
back-to-back games.

Knuble, who has three of his 16 goals in the last two games, got
the lone tally of the first period on a power play at 18:05.
Umberger's rebound shot at 5:19 of the second made it 2-0 and began
the four-goal flurry.

Downey scored off a loose puck in front 42 seconds later, Knuble
swatted a rebound into an empty net 25 seconds after that and
Umberger beat Bacashihua to the stick side 45 seconds later to put
the Flyers ahead 4-1.

Young's sixth goal cut the gap to two later in the period. The
Blues had a 16-3 shots advantage in the third period, Niittymaki's
strongest of the game, but were outshot 24-15 in the first two.

Game notes
New Blues backup goalie Chris Beckford-Tseu, called up from
Alaska of the ECHL after Sanford's injury, showed up from the West
Coast about an hour before game time after beginning his travel day
in Victoria, British Columbia. Bill Muller, a police officer in St.
Charles County, would have been the backup otherwise. ... Sami
Kapanen had two assists and has seven points in five games. ... The
Flyers are 7-3-2 on the road.