NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Jersey
(Saturday, October 14th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 2
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Brian Gionta scored the game-winning goal to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Continental Airlines Arena.
Brain Rafalski had three assists and Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had goals for the Devils, who have won their last two games. Martin Brodeur made 23 saves.
"We played well 5-on-5 and we took care of our own end and if you do those things you can win games," said Gionta.
Mike Knuble scored two goals and Antero Niittymaki made 29 saves for the Flyers, who have lost four of five games to start the season.
New Jersey was trailing, 2-1, throughout much of the second period, but grabbed the lead with consecutive goals.
While on the power play, Rafalski fired a slap shot from the high slot that Langenbrunner deflected in front of the net past Niittymaki with 1:41 left in the second.
The Devils grabbed the lead on Gionta's fourth goal of the season with a shot from the low left circle at the 3:33 mark of the third period.
New Jersey held Philadelphia to just five shots in the third period.
"We were on the right track and doing everything right," said Knuble. "Why we fell off, I don't know. It was collectively a failure. They started coming on a bit and we had trouble getting the puck out of our own end."
The Devils grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 9:08 mark of the first period with a power-play goal. Scott Gomez had the disc in the high slot and sent it to Parise down low at the right circle. Parise flicked a shot towards the net that deflected off of Flyer defenseman Joni Pitkanen's stick and over the left shoulder of Niittymaki.
The Flyers, though, tied the game with a power-play goal a little over two minutes later. With two Devils in the box, Pitkanen flicked the puck from the left point to Peter Forsberg down low on the left side. Forsberg skated behind the net and appeared ready to come out on the right side, but he passed the puck behind him to Knuble, who snapped in past Brodeur, who bit on Forsberg's ruse.
Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead when Geoff Sanderson had the disc at the low left side and flicked it over to Knuble on the right side, who banged it in for the easy tap-in goal at the 1:23 mark of the second period.
The Devils travel to New York to face the Rangers on Monday...Philadelphia travels to Buffalo for a game on Tuesday...The Flyers have killed off all five two-man advantages they have faced this season coming into game...Since the start of the 1990-91 season, the Flyers are 8-28-5-1 in New Jersey...Gomez had two assists in the game...New Jersey went 2-for-6 on the power play while Philadelphia went 1-for-8.
10/14 22:54:47 ET