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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia



(Tuesday, February 10th)

Final Score: Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 1

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Simon Gagne had a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Wachovia Center.

Antero Niittymaki turned aside 35-of-36 shots for Philadelphia, which has won three in a row and improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine games. Michal Handzus, Danny Markov and Mark Recchi also scored for the Flyers, who beat the Devils for the first time this season in four attempts (1-2-1).

"I felt pretty good. I had a day off Sunday and a good practice yesterday and this morning so I felt good," said Niittymaki. "The guys are playing awesome right now, so it made it pretty easy for me."

Scott Niedermayer scored for New Jersey, which has lost three of its last five games (2-3). Martin Brodeur made 23 saves in a losing effort.

Gagne gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 14:45 of the opening period. The play started with a wrist shot by Joni Pitkanen from the left circle. Jeremy Roenick was there for the rebound at the left side and slid the puck through his legs and across the crease to Gagne, who had an open net to fire the puck.

Philadelphia opened a two-goal advantage on a power-play goal by Markov, who beat Brodeur shortside with a blast from near the top of the right circle at 2:52 of the middle stanza.

Niittymaki stopped Jamie Langenbrunner on a breakaway midway through the second period to preserve the two-goal lead.

The Flyers went up 3-0 on a goal by Handzus just 14 seconds into the third period. Handzus won the faceoff in the right circle and drew the puck back to the point to Kim Johnsson, who fired a shot toward the net. Handzus, who had moved to the slot, deflected the puck between the legs of Brodeur.

Niedermayer beat Niittymaki with a slap shot from the right point on a power play to cut the Philadelphia lead to 3-1 at 3:03 of the third period.

Devils' forward Erik Rasmussen, attempting to clear a rebound, poked the puck into his own net at 10:19 of the period to give Philadelphia a 4-1 lead. Recchi was credited with his 21st goal of the season on the play.

Game Notes

Niittymaki has won each of his first three starts for the Flyers...Philly defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson had two assists...Markov's goal was his first with the Flyers, who acquired the defenseman from Carolina in January in exchange for Justin Williams...Sean Burke, who was acquired from Phoenix on Monday, was the backup to Niittymaki. Philadelphia sent Mike Comrie to the Coyotes for the netminder...Roenick left the game with a hamstring strain. With his assist on Gagne's goal, Roenick moved into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list among American born players with his 642nd helper...The Devils lost for the first time in their last five trips to South Philly (3-1-1)...The Flyers, who had failed to score a power-play goal in the three previous meetings with New Jersey this season, finished 2-for-6 with the man-advantage...The Devils went 1-for-3 with the extra skater... The Devils reached an agreement with the city of Newark earlier Tuesday to move the team there...Brodeur has allowed four goals in three of his last five starts...Recchi has five goals and 12 assists in his last nine games...Niedermayer scored his first goal in 15 games.

02/10 23:15:02 ET


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