NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Jersey |
(Thursday, October 30th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 2
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Michael Rupp scored his second goal of
the game to snap a third-period tie, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2
victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Meadowlands. Scott Stevens added a
goal and an assist for the Devils, who have won two straight for the first
time this season and also won at home for the first time.
Martin Brodeur, coming off a shutout in a 4-0 victory over the New York
Islanders on Tuesday, made 14 saves in this one. He needed to stop just one
shot in the third period.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Devils, who had been 0-3-1 at home,
finished the opening month of the season at 4-3-2.
Tony Amonte and Simon Gagne scored first-period goals for the Flyers, who blew
a 2-0 lead. Philadelphia had a two-game winning streak stopped and will finish
October atop the Atlantic Division with a 4-2-3-1 mark.
Jeff Hackett made 25 saves in defeat, but yielded a soft goal on the winner.
Rupp snapped the deadlock with 8:43 remaining. He picked up the puck at center
ice, skated into the Philadelphia zone and ripped a shot from the top of the
left circle. Hackett got a piece of the puck, but it squeezed past him and
trickled across the goal line.
"It was an in-betweener," said Hackett.
Hackett kept his team in the game with a pair of big saves on odd-man rushes,
turning aside Brian Gionta from the right circle with 4:50 left and stopping
Sergei Brylin from the left circle just 50 seconds later.
Gagne had a chance for Philadelphia, but Brodeur stopped the shot from the
left circle with 2:19 remaining. It was the only shot on goal in the period
for the Flyers, who then pulled Hackett with just under a minute left, but
could not put much pressure on Brodeur.
"We battled back," said Brodeur. "That shows a lot about the character of our
team. We've had a hard go in our building."
Amonte gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 9:08 of the first period with his third
goal of the season, flipping a backhander over Brodeur's glove during a
scramble in front of the crease.
Gagne made it 2-0 with just 2:18 remaining in the opening stanza. He stole an
errant pass by Stevens at center ice, raced in on a breakaway and slipped a
backhander past Brodeur for his second goal.
The Devils outshot the Flyers 10-7 in the first period, then scored twice in
the second to tie it.
Rupp put New Jersey on the board just 34 seconds into the stanza. He made a
pass from the left boards to Patrik Elias, who raced into the Philadelphia
zone along the right wing. Rupp, meanwhile, drove toward the net and deflected
Elias' pass into the cage.
Stevens then scored his first of the campaign during a New Jersey power play
at the 12:42 mark. He took a pass from Brylin and ripped a shot from the
center point past Hackett, who was screened by teammate Chris Therien.
Rupp notched his second career two-goal game. He also did it last January 13
against Florida...The Devils were 1-for-7 on the power play and killed off
each of Philadelphia's five chances with the extra skater...Philadelphia has
lost three straight road games...New Jersey is 5-1-1 in its last seven
meetings with Philadelphia.
10/31 00:27:22 ET