NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia|
(Tuesday, March 13th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 0
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 17 shots and Danny
Briere snapped an epic goal drought as Philadelphia downed New Jersey, 3-0.
Bryzgalov notched his sixth whitewash of the season and his third in as many
starts. His shutout streak was extended to 196 minutes, 13 seconds and helped
the orange and black reach the 40-win plateau for the fifth straight campaign.
"I think a lot of times, success and personal success also creates happiness,
you feel good, you feel confident coming to the rink," said Flyers head coach
Peter Laviolette of his goaltender suddenly regaining form. "Personally, Bryz,
he was smiling coming to the rink at the beginning of the year as well. He
was the same then."
Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek also tallied for the Flyers, who have won six
of their last seven and avenged a Sunday night loss in Newark in the opener of
the home-and-home set.
Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for the Devils, whose four-game win streak was
Voracek's backhanded poke at a loose puck in the crease with 2:14 played in
the third period gave Bryzgalov an insurance tally and put the hosts up 2-0.
New Jersey was given a four-minute power play through the middle portion of
the final stanza, but only put two quality chances on net.
Minutes later, during a 4-on-4, Brodeur was pulled and Briere hit the empty
net off a dish from Voracek with 4:49 to play, erasing a 23-game sojourn
without a score.
"We had nothing going and we were down by two," said Devils head coach Peter
DeBoer on the decision to pull his goaltender. "There was an opportunity to
create a power play and I like our chances scoring five on four better than I
do with six on five with two minutes left to go. It is not a unique decision."
The Flyers killed off two penalties in a scoreless first period, during which
Bryzgalov stopped eight shots.
Normally used for his hitting ability, Zac Rinaldo showed some offensive flair
early in the second period, but his wraparound chance from the right post
somehow stayed out. Brodeur maintained his composure on several successive
But the veteran failed to cover up a Brayden Coburn shot which ricocheted off
the boards and into the crease, and Couturier shoveled home the loose puck
from the right side at 11:07.
John Vanbiesbrouck is the only other Philadelphia goaltender to record three
straight shutouts, from October 20-24, 1999...Vanbiesbrouck also holds the
top two shutout streaks in Flyers history, at 227:40 (October 17-26, 1999) and
218:42 (January 3-16, 1999)...Briere hadn't scored since registering a hat
trick against Ottawa on January 7...Bryzgalov has four shutouts in his
last five starts and 29 for his career...Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen
returned to the lineup for the first time since March 1...Voracek
was back in action for the first time since March 6...Brodeur's last Philly
start came on March 28, 2010 where he was pulled after two periods of a 5-1
loss...Prior to the game, the Flyers assigned defenseman Brandon Manning to
Adirondack of the AHL.
03/13 22:57:47 ET