NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Jersey
(Friday, March 28th)
Final Score: New Jersey 5, Philadelphia 4 (SO)
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Jamie Langenbrunner scored the game-winner in the shootout as the New Jersey Devils got past the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4, at the Prudential Center.
Daniel Briere had tied the shootout with the Flyers' last chance as he deked to the forehand and stuffed the puck past the left pad of Martin Brodeur.
However, the Devils still had one more shot and Langenbrunner calmly lifted the puck into the right corner past Martin Biron for the win.
"I thought I had the last one stopped, to go to the extra shooters, to keep it going," Biron said.
Langenbrunner also scored in regulation while Johnny Oduya tallied twice and Brian Gionta also lit the lamp for the Devils, who snapped a five-game losing streak and have now won 16 of their last 18 games against the Flyers.
Brodeur stopped 28 shots for New Jersey, which has 93 points on the season and sits in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of idle Ottawa.
Randy Jones and Mike Knuble each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who had a four-game winning streak stopped.
Biron made 29 saves for Philadelphia, which has 89 points and moved one point ahead of Boston for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia had come back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game, but New Jersey took a 4-3 lead with 5:53 to play thanks in large part to Gionta. On the rush, Gionta skated the puck into the Philadelphia end and left a drop pass at the right point for John Madden, who skated to the low right circle before firing a pass across the goalmouth where Gionta tapped it in as he was falling to the ice.
The Flyers, though, again had an answer and tied the game with just 55.2 seconds to play. Good work along the left boards resulted in the puck going behind the net. Mike Richards grabbed the puck and sent a no-look, behind-the- back pass to the left circle where Knuble grabbed the disc and snapped a wrister into the right corner of the net.
"I think that the most important thing tonight is not what happened in the shootout, but what happened at the end of the game," Biron said.
The best opportunity of the overtime came less than one minute in as Patrik Elias blasted a big shot on the fly from the left circle, but Biron came up with the pad save.
Philadelphia put on a lot of pressure in the final minute of the overtime, but Brodeur came up with the big stops to force the shootout.
Philadelphia grabbed a 1-0 lead near the midway mark of the first period. Briere brought the puck into the New Jersey end and left a drop pass near the top of the right circle for Vinny Prospal, who fired a wrister over the glove of Brodeur.
New Jersey got on the board on the power play as Oduya sent a hard pass from the left side to the front where it hit off of a Flyer, popped it into the air and behind Biron with 2:39 to play.
In the final minute of the first, Oduya blasted a shot from the right point that deflected off of a sliding Jason Smith and past Biron with just 31.2 left on the clock, and New Jersey took a 2-1 lead after one period of play.
"The two points is a lot bigger," Oduya said of his two-goal night. "Obviously it's nice to contribute, and I got lucky a couple times, threw pucks on net. If that's something we can keep doing, it will be a good thing."
The Devils made it a two-goal game just 3:25 into the second period. Sheldon Brookbank blasted a bouncing shot on net that Biron stopped, but Biron poked the rebound into the slot where Langenbrunner picked it up and slammed it home for his 13th goal of the year.
However, the Flyers got one back at the 9:14 mark of the second. Jones held the disc at the left point and fired a hard pass to the low right side where Jim Down redirected it into the net for his fifth goal of the season.
Philadelphia tied the game at the 8:18 mark of the third. Jones kept in a New Jersey clearing attempt at the left point and fired a shot on net that beat Brodeur to the right corner. The play was reviewed as it appeared that the puck deflected off of a high stick from Philadelphia's Jeff Carter, but after a review the goal was allowed to stand.
The Flyers almost took the lead with 7:15 left in the contest as Briere had three whacks at the puck down low, but Brodeur kept the disc out of the net.
Philadelphia next plays on Saturday as a guest of the New York Islanders...The Devils have off until Tuesday when they will play in New York against the Islanders...The Flyers have not won in New Jersey since March 9, 2004, a span of 12 games...Philadelphia finished 0-for-4 on the power play while New Jersey went 1-for-3.
03/28 23:38:56 ET