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Friday, December 8th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (8-15-4) at New Jersey Devils (15-9-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils shoot for their fourth consecutive win tonight when they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Continental Airlines Arena.

Jersey's spurt has it in a first-place tie in the Atlantic Division with the rival NY Rangers at 32 points.

On Wednesday, Patrik Elias' power-play goal with 7.3 seconds left in overtime gave the Devils a thrilling 2-1 decision over the Montreal Canadiens at the Meadowlands.

After a Devils faceoff win, the puck came back to Scott Gomez at the bottom of the left circle. He fed it to the point for defenseman Brian Rafalski, who sent a touch pass ahead to Elias in the slot. Elias took all day to wind up and hammered his shot to the far side, where it slipped through the arm of goaltender David Aebischer and into the net.

The game-winner was set up when Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray was called for a hooking penalty with 11.8 seconds remaining, when he held up a Devils forward behind the net on a scoring attempt.

Gomez and Rafalski registered two assists each, and Zach Parise netted the only other goal for New Jersey, which has won three in a row. Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for the win, a he held the Habs scoreless for the final 56 minutes of regulation and all of overtime.

Brodeur posted his 461st NHL victory, tying him with Ed Belfour of the Florida Panthers for second on the all-time list. The win leaves him 90 short of the league's career record established by Hall of Famer Patrick Roy.

The Devils will visit Boston on Saturday.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games after winning two straight. On Saturday the Flyers dropped a 4-3 shootout to the visiting Devils, as Brad Lukowich scored shorthanded in the third period to force overtime and Parise and Brian Gionta both found the net in the shootout for Jersey.

Mike Knuble scored in his fourth straight game while Todd Fedoruk and Randy Jones also netted goals for the Flyers. Antero Niittymaki finished with 29 saves in the loss.

Philly captain Peter Forsberg missed the game with the flu and also continues to have ankle and skate issues. Forsberg's ankle continues to turn within his skate, and his status for tonight's game is not exactly clear.

The Flyers will host Washington on Saturday.

Jersey has won both meetings with Philly so far this season and five straight clashes overall.

Philadelphia has lost in its last five trips to the Meadowlands.

12/08 10:25:12 ET

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