NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia|
(Saturday, January 8th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, New Jersey 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Brian Boucher stopped 34-of-35 shots and
Danny Briere netted the game-winner in the first period as Philadelphia edged
New Jersey, 2-1, in the back end of a home-and-home set between these clubs.
James van Riemsdyk also tallied for the Flyers, who won in Newark on Thursday
and have taken four of their last five overall.
Philadelphia hit the midway point of its season at 26-10-5 for 57 points.
"I think the first period was probably our best period of the three," Briere
said. "These afternoon games are always a little tougher to get into it seems.
The most important part is that we found a way to win especially winning back
to back against the Devils."
Andy Greene posted the lone offense for the Devils, who have lost four in a
row and 15 of their last 17 since the start of December.
Johan Hedberg started and suffered the loss, pulled after giving up two goals
on 10 shots in almost 15 minutes. Martin Brodeur finished the contest by
failing to allow a score on 19 shots.
New Jersey fell to 10-29-2 at its own midway point, worst since going 8-30-2
in 1983-84 during an 80-game schedule.
"You know, they really tried to get back and tie it at the end," said Devils
head coach Jacques Lemaire, whose club fell to 1-7 under his watch. "We did a
lot of good things. The guys never stopped. This is what we're working on. It
would be nice to get a point just to feel good about our work but it didn't
Briere put the home team up 2-0 on a power play at 14:41 of the first period,
gathering in a Claude Giroux pass and banking a shot from along the goal line
off Hedberg's shoulder. Brodeur was summoned from the bench, but the payoff
didn't come until the next period.
New Jersey got on the board at 8:07 of the second, when Greene's harmless shot
from the left point deflected off Ville Leino's skate, bounced in the air and
landed in the net behind Boucher.
Boucher kept on an even keel, stopping the other 11 Devils chances in the
second. He then made two improbable stops with 4:13 to play, as Vladimir
Zharkov had two open chances from the top of the crease on an open net, but
failed to lift the puck above the Flyer netminder's outstretched right pad.
The Devils skated 6-on-5 for the final 1:19 of regulation, and Boucher had to
fend off a goalmouth scramble on a partial breakaway from Dainius Zubrus with
15 seconds remaining to preserve the win.
In a 4-on-4 situation, the Flyers jumped on the board as van Riemsdyk curled
away from Devils defenseman Colin White on the left wing and slid a shot
between Hedberg's pads at 8:13 of the opening period.
"Yeah, it's always fun to play these guys," said van Riemsdyk, a New Jersey
native. "I grew up watching them a lot, they're a tough team to beat, and
they've been consistently good over the past 10-15 years so I guess our win is
The Flyers have won three of four over the Devils this season and have taken
eight of 10 since the start of last year...It is the club's best mid-point
record since going 27-8-6 in 2005-06...Prior to the game, the Flyers assigned
defenseman Danny Syvret to Adirondack of the AHL...Vice President Joe Biden
and his wife were in attendance...New Jersey has lost 11 straight on the road
since November 3 at Chicago...Philadelphia begins a four-game road trip at
Buffalo on Tuesday.
01/08 17:37:19 ET