NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Jersey|
(Friday, January 4th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 0
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur made 36 stops to record his
fourth shutout of the season, as New Jersey topped Philadelphia, 3-0, at the
Patrik Elias picked up a goal and an assist, while Paul Martin and Travis
Zajac scored for the Devils, who have won five of six overall and bested
the Flyers for the 11th consecutive time at home.
Martin Biron allowed three goals on 26 shots for the Flyers, whose three-game
win streak came to an end and who were blanked for just the second time all
Philadelphia has not won a regular-season contest in New Jersey since March 9,
With a three-goal lead, Brodeur remained strong over the final 20 minutes,
stopping all 14 shots he faced as the Flyers desperately buzzed around him.
When the buzzer sounded, Brodeur earned his 40th career regular-season win
against the Atlantic Division rivals and notched his eighth regular-season
shutout over Philly.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead midway through the first, as Martin looped from the
right side to the left through the crease and lifted a shot into an open net
over Biron. Dainius Zubrus set up a screen on the play, causing Biron to fall
to the ice prior to the goal.
It was 2-0 with 2:29 left in the period on Zajac's breakaway tally. In a
4-on-4 situation, Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn fell down just inside his
own blue line, leaving the puck for Zajac, who swooped in on the right side
and shot the puck off Biron's glove and in.
Elias celebrated his return to the lineup after missing two games with a groin
injury, with a power-play goal coming 7:15 before the end of the second period
to give the Devils a 3-0 advantage.
Jersey nearly took a four-goal lead with 2:46 left in the second, but John
Madden hit the left pipe with his shot all alone from five feet in front. The
missed opportunity did not cost the Devils, however.
Brodeur now has 96 career shutouts...After losing the first matchup this
season, the Devils have won four in a row...New Jersey was previously unbeaten
at home against the Flyers in 13 consecutive games (12-0-1) from October, 1990
to February, 1995...The Flyers were without forward Scottie Upshall due to a
sprained ankle and defenseman Jason Smith with a bruised leg...Philly heads to
Toronto on Saturday to continue its six-game trip, while New Jersey heads to
Boston also on Saturday.
01/04 22:04:02 ET