NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia |
(Saturday, March 13th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, New Jersey 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Marcus Ragnarsson scored the sole goal of
the third period to lift Philadelphia over New Jersey, 2-1, as arch-rivals
battled at the Wachovia Center.
Simon Gagne also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who now own a commanding eight-
point advantage over the Devils in the Atlantic Division.
Despite playing without a pair of stars in Keith Primeau (concussion) and
Jeremy Roenick (broken jaw/concussion), the Flyers have managed to post a
4-1-1 record in their last six games.
Scott Gomez found the back of the net for the Devils, who have just three wins
in their last nine games (3-5-0-1).
Only 23 seconds into the third, Ragnarsson took a wrist shot from the left
side of the blue line that deflected off a New Jersey defenseman in the slot
and beat Martin Brodeur high to the glove side.
Brodeur, who made 19 saves, was outplayed by Robert Esche across the ice. The
Philadelphia goaltender made 37 saves and is 21-7-6 between the pipes this
"I don?t see what the big deal with Esche is," said Flyers head coach Ken
Hitchcock. "To (the media) he might be unknown, but to us we knew what we had
half way through last year."
Just 1:36 into the game, Gagne opened the scoring to give the Flyers the early
advantage. Gagne skated right outside the crease and tipped in a Vladimir
Malakhov shot into the top corner.
Gomez knotted the game at 1-1 with his 10th goal of the season at 15:28 of the
second period. On a loose puck in front of the net, Gomez was able to knock it
through the legs of Esche off a defenseman's skate.
New Jersey failed to score on four power-play chances, while Philadelphia was
0-for-2 on the man-advantage.
The Devils are the only team this season not to change their goaltender during
a game...Philadelphia has won the last three meetings between these
teams...The Flyers posted a 3-1 win over the Devils at Continental Airlines
Arena on Tuesday. Philly is 4-2-2 in the last eight meetings...Philadelphia is
unbeaten (5-0-1) in its last six home tilts. On the season, the Flyers are
23-7-3-3 in the friendly confines of the Wachovia Center.
03/13 19:28:37 ET