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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 season.

"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.

Game Notes

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

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