NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Jersey|
(Saturday, November 27th)
Final Score: New Jersey 2, Philadelphia 1 (SO)
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Travis Zajac scored the game-winner in the
fourth round of the shootout as New Jersey clipped Philadelphia, 2-1, at
With each team having scored once, Mike Richards began the fourth and final
round by clanging his wrister off the post. Zajac followed up with the
clincher, a shot which hit the right post, slipped under the crossbar and
exited the net quickly.
Adam Mair tallied in regulation for the Devils, who recovered nicely from
dropping a 2-0 decision on Friday to the New York Islanders.
Johan Hedberg posted his best performance of the season, stopping 40-of-41
"I think it's a team thing," Hedberg said. "We started something good a few
games ago. It's 'put the goaltender in a different position.' We're way more
sound. That's the way we've got to play."
Danny Briere netted a third-period power-play goal for the Flyers, who have
lost back-to-back shootouts on consecutive days.
Brian Boucher was the hard-luck loser with 24 saves.
New Jersey controlled play early on, but wasted a four-minute power play that
came less than two minutes in. The home team finally hit the socreboard with
8:11 to play in the first when Mair hit the left pipe from the right wing at a
In a scoreless middle 20 minutes, Hedberg made 14 saves and Boucher needed to
make just six stops. Hedberg's best came roughly midway through the period,
when he anticipated a stick move from Ville Leino, and dove in front of his
crease to cover the puck.
Boucher was forced to make a glove stop on Ilya Kovalchuk three minutes into
the third period, then Hedberg dove out once more to smother an open Jeff
Carter chance roughly 30 seconds later.
Philadelphia got a power play prior to the eight-minute mark and Briere cashed
in when he managed to slip a shot past Hedberg at the left post at 8:38.
Kovalchuk fanned on his chance in close during a 2-on-1 rush with two minutes
remaining in overtime, then failed to control the puck on two ensuing rushes.
"We definitely got better as the game went on," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette
said. "We fought for a point in the third period. Hedberg was pretty good, but
our guy was too."
The Flyers took five of six meetings with the Devils a season ago, including
two of three in Newark...Philadelphia's power play, which sputtered at an 0-
for-16 and 1-for-32 clip coming in, finished 1-of-2...Devils forward Patrik
Elias was a late scratch for personal reasons...Hedberg's previous top
performance in terms of saves came when he stopped 38 in a 5-4 shootout loss
to Buffalo on November 10.
11/27 20:01:32 ET