NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Jersey
(Sunday, March 1st)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 0
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur registered 27 saves for his 100th career shutout, and the New Jersey Devils blanked the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-0, at Prudential Center in a key Atlantic Division battle.
Brodeur recorded his second shutout in three games since returning from a 50- game absence due to a triceps injury. He now stands three whitewashes behind Terry Sawchuk for the all-time record. The victory was also the 547th regular season win in his illustrious career, only four behind former Canadiens and Avalanche standout Patrick Roy for the most all-time.
"It's hard to believe a little bit," Brodeur said of the accomplishment. "You go out and you play and you get shutouts. There's only one other guy that got to that 100 (shutouts) plateau, so it's kind of nice. It hit me later on when guys came over and congratulated me."
Jamie Langenbrunner, Johnny Oduya and Brian Gionta tallied the goals for New Jersey, which has won eight of 10 overall and all three games Brodeur has started since his return.
"We'll definitely take that (win), especially the way we did it, too," Langenbrunner said. "We really limited the chances against and (we are) still creating goals. It was a really solid game for us."
The Devils now stand nine points ahead of Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division lead after their seventh straight home victory.
Martin Biron allowed three goals on 42 shots, as the Flyers lost back-to-back games for the first time in almost a month. Philadelphia also had a four-game road winning streak snapped.
"It's a little frustrating, the way we played today," said forward Danny Briere, who returned from a 36-game absence due to a groin injury. "There's still time, you know, it's not the playoffs. Hopefully, we get another crack at them when the playoffs start."
The Flyers continued their ineptitude in the Garden State, losing for the 14th time in the last 15 games on the road against New Jersey.
The Devils struck first, just 3:51 into the game. From behind the net, Zach Parise passed out in front to Langenbrunner, who deposited the puck above Biron's left shoulder for the goal.
New Jersey extended its lead to two early in the second period as Gionta deflected an Oduya slapshot from the top of the slot at the 37 second mark.
Philadelphia seemed sluggish in the middle stanza, registering just six shots on net. Conversely, the Devils dominated the period, hammering Biron with 18 shots.
Oduya put the game away in the third, beating Biron on the short side from the top of the left circle just under five minutes into the period.
The Flyers couldn't muster anything offensively for the remainder of the game, and Brodeur made 11 saves in the frame to come away with his milestone shutout.
Langenbrunner recorded his 200th career goal...New Jersey leads the season series, 3-2, including three wins in a row over the Flyers...Including playoffs, Brodeur has the most shutouts in NHL history (122). He has four shutouts this season, and his 43 wins against the Flyers are the most he has recorded against any opponent...Briere logged 16:48 of ice time and registered two shots on goal...To make room for Briere's salary, the Flyers assigned forward Claude Giroux and defenseman Lasse Kukkonen to the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. the club also recalled defenseman Nate Guenin from the Phantoms...Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen missed his fourth straight game with the flu...The clubs meet one final time this season, in Philadelphia, on March 23.
03/01 17:52:44 ET