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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia



(Tuesday, March 6th)

Final Score: Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 4 (OT)

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Simon Gagne's goal 1:47 into overtime sent the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils at the Wachovia Center.

Gagne, Sami Kapanen, Mike Richards and Scottie Upshall recorded a goal and an assist each for the Flyers, who won for just the second time in their last eight games and won their sixth home game of the season.

Martin Biron stopped 37 shots to earn the win in his Philadelphia home debut.

Scott Gomez picked up three assists for the Devils, who have lost three straight and four of their last six. Patrik Elias had a goal and two helpers, while Zach Parise, Sergei Brylin and Brad Lukowich tallied in defeat.

Martin Brodeur made 39 saves in the loss, and was denied the sixth 40-win season of his storied career.

New Jersey also lost its first overtime game of the season in 11 tries.

The game winner was set up by Richards, who held along the goal line on the right side and sent a cross-ice pass to Randy Jones. The young defenseman fed back to Gagne in front, and his second shot from the crease found its way through Brodeur's pads.

Gagne's goal, his team-leading 36th of the season, gave the Flyers their first win over New Jersey this season and halted an eight-game losing skid overall to their division rivals. It was also the Flyers' 18th victory of the year, one more than the franchise record for fewest in one season set in 1969-70.

Leading by one goal after two periods, the Flyers let the Devils back in the game courtesy of a bad break.

Only 5:35 remained in regulation when Lukowich tied the game, 4-4. As Biron was unable to corral a loose puck and his defensemen unable to clear it from the crease, the Devils backliner came in from the point to poke the disc through a mass of bodies and into the net.

Despite 20 shots on goal in the third, New Jersey was unable to net a go-ahead score until Gagne ended the contest in the extra session.

The visitors took a 1-0 lead when Parise scored on a rising wrister from the left side off a 2-on-1 with Gomez at 4:41 of the first. Brodeur made 15 saves in the opening 20 minutes against a charged up home team to keep that one-goal cushion until intermission.

Philly drew even 56 seconds into the second as Geoff Sanderson outraced two Devils from center ice off an R.J. Umberger lead pass and beat Brodeur through the pads.

However, the Devils reclaimed the lead at 12:36 when Gomez fed Elias, who stopped at the right circle and fired through Jones' legs. The shot seemed to freeze Biron, and sailed over his shoulder and under the crossbar on the far side.

It was a 2-2 game on a fluke power-play score by Philadelphia one minute, 17 seconds later. After Jamie Langenbrunner went to the box for hooking, Kapanen fired blindly on the right side from 20 feet. The shot somehow went wide of the net, hit Lukowich, and caromed back toward the half-open cage and in.

Jersey reclaimed a 3-2 advantage with 2:41 to go when Elias' point shot hit the shaft of Brylin's stick and deflected over Biron.

That lead was short lived, as 42 seconds later the game was knotted once more, when Kapanen broke down the right wing, and dished to the trailing Richards, who beat Brodeur with a wrister over his blocker on the far side.

Still pressing as the period wound down, Upshall struck to give the Flyers their first lead of the night, 4-3, only 33 seconds before intermission. The recent acquisition tipped home Gagne's pass from the slot from the right side for his fourth goal in nine games with the club.

Game Notes

Philly improved to 10-0-1 this season when leading after two periods...The Devils are 5-0-1 against the Flyers season, and are 10-1-1 in the last 12 matchups against the orange and black...The Flyers are a league-worst 6-18-7 at home...New Jersey has not won three games in Philadelphia in one regular season since 1989-90 (3-0-1)...The Flyers last dropped five games to the Devils in one regular season in 1992-93 (2-5-0), and have never lost six games to the Scouts/Rockies/Devils franchise since its 1974 inception...Gagne has 13 career goals against Brodeur, the most he has scored against any goaltender.

03/06 23:50:13 ET


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