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.
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