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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia



(Saturday, December 13th)

Final Score: New Jersey 2, Philadelphia 0

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur made 32 saves for his league-leading seventh shutout of the season to lift New Jersey to a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the back end of a home-and-home in South Philadelphia.

Brodeur, who notched his 71st career shutout, made eight saves in the first period, 11 more in the middle stanza and 13 in the final frame.

Grant Marshall and Michael Rupp scored for the Devils, who are unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1). New Jersey pulled to within four points of the first-place Flyers in the Atlantic Division.

The loss was the Flyers' first of the season at the Wachovia Center (12-1-2).

After taking a season-low one shot on goal in the opening period, the Devils fired 10 shots at Philadelphia goaltender Jeff Hackett in the middle stanza and opened the scoring. Marshall carried the puck into the Philadelphia zone and fired a shot from the left circle. The puck hit the stick of Flyers defenseman Joni Pitkanen and deflected past Hackett at 11:25.

Brodeur, who made his 16th consecutive start, robbed Pitkanen on a rebound shot from the left circle with seven minutes remaining in the third period after stopping a Justin Williams' blast to preserve the lead.

The Flyers went on the power play with 4:17 left when New Jersey's David Hale was whistled off for tripping. The Devils, however, tested Hackett on several good opportunities.

The Devils then took advantage on their own power play to seal the win. Rupp scored after a scramble in front to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead with 1:44 left.

Hackett ended with 20 saves.

Game Notes

The teams played to a 3-3 tie at the Meadowlands on Friday night...New Jersey is unbeaten in its last four trips to Philly (3-0-1)...The Flyers lost for just the second time in 20 games (13-2-5)...Philadelphia allowed a season-low one shot in the first period...The Flyers failed in three opportunities with the extra skater and are 0-for-16 on the power play in their last five games...New Jersey finished 1-for-4 on the power play...Devils center John Madden missed his second straight game after getting hit in the face with the puck on Wednesday against the Islanders.

12/13 21:47:25 ET


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