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
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
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.
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