NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, March 21st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, New Jersey 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Peter Forsberg tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers past the slumping New Jersey Devils, 2-1, at the Wachovia Center.
Simon Gagne added the Flyers' other goal and Antero Niittymaki made 21 saves for Philadelphia, which has won three of its last four games. The Flyers, who trail New York by two points for first-place in the Atlantic Division, will visit the Rangers on Wednesday.
Brian Gionta scored the Devils' only goal and Martin Brodeur stopped 19 shots for New Jersey, which has dropped two straight and four of its last five games.
Philadelphia drew first blood 1:49 into the first period when Gagne pumped a one-timer from the slot past a sprawling Brodeur. Forsberg, who had been knocked down at the side of the net, poked a loose puck out to Gagne in the slot for the one-timer. Brodeur, who was hugging the post, didn't recover in time to stone Gagne.
The Flyers upped their lead 6:54 into the middle frame while on the man advantage when Forsberg punched a shot into an open net for a 2-0 lead. Frederick Meyer's shot from the left point caromed off Mike Knuble in front to Forsberg on the doorstep for the easy tally.
New Jersey drew within one 3:55 into the final frame after Gionta beat Niittymaki through the five hole with a shot from the right circle to make it 2-1.
The Devils pulled Brodeur with just over a minute remaining for an extra attacker and had a decent chance to score with less than 30 seconds left after Niittymaki left a rebound on the doorstep, but it was swept harmlessly into the corner as the Flyers closed out the win.
Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock earned the 400th win of his NHL coaching career...Knuble finished with two assists for Philadelphia...Brodeur played in his 800th career NHL game and has played in 30 consecutive games for New Jersey...The Flyers improved to 10-2-3 in the first of back-to-back games...New Jersey went 0-for-4 on the man advantage, making it 0-for-22 in the last five games...The Flyers have won five games in a row against the Devils at the Wachovia Center, outscoring them 15-6. Philadelphia has not lost to New Jersey at home since a 2-0 defeat on December 13, 2003.
03/21 21:42:01 ET