NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia
(Friday, October 7th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Simon Gagne scored two goals and Michal Handzus posted a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Wachovia Center.
Jon Sim and Turner Stevenson also scored for the Flyers, who rebounded from Wednesday's season-opening loss to the New York Rangers. Antero Niittymaki started in net and stopped 26-of-28 shots.
Jamie Langenbrunner and Alexander Mogilny scored goals for the Devils, who were coming off a win over Pittsburgh in their opener.
Martin Brodeur, winner of the past two Vezina Trophies, was torched for five goals on 33 shots in the setback.
New Jersey held a 2-0 lead on a pair of power-play tallies, but Philadelphia would score the game's next five goals.
The Devils jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 3:07 into the game on Langenbrunner's deflection of a Paul Martin shot from the right point.
New Jersey grabbed a two-goal edge on Alexander Mogilny's tally at 4:21 of the second period. Martin fed the puck into the right circle and Mogilny blasted a one-timer past Niittymaki.
However, Gagne scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the second period to even the game. His first goal came on a wide-open shot from the left post at the 10:04 mark. Then with 1:12 left, Gagne jabbed at a loose puck in the crease and pushed it past the goal line.
"It's always fun when you got those lucky goals on your side," said Gagne.
The Flyers took their first lead of the game on Sim's goal just 39 second into the third stanza. Sim took a wrister from the right circle and beat Brodeur high on his glove side.
Handzus made it 4-2 with a nice goal at 6:09 of the third. Handzus stood at the left point and fed a pass into the right circle for Mike Richards before skating towards the net. Richards sent the puck back across to Handzus, who wristed the puck past Brodeur from in close.
Stevenson put Philadelphia ahead by three goals at the 9:04 mark when he scored a shorthanded goal on a wrister from the right circle.
Niittymaki is 4-0 in four career NHL starts...The Flyers went 0-for-5 on the power play and are just 1-for-15 on the season with the man advantage...New Jersey scored twice on nine tries with the extra skater.
10/07 22:21:18 ET