NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, November 30th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, New Jersey 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Patrick Sharp's goal in the second period proved to be the winner and Robert Esche made 30 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, at the Wachovia Center.
Mike Knuble added his 12th goal of the season and Ben Eager picked up his first NHL point in his first game for the Flyers, who have won two straight and three of their last four games.
Thomas Pihlman tallied the Devils' only goal and Martin Brodeur stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced for New Jersey, which had its three-game winning streak halted.
The Flyers got on the scoreboard midway through the second period after Knuble gathered a loose puck behind the Devils' net, skated out in front and tried to stuff it past Brodeur. Brodeur made the initial save, but while he was laying prone on the ice, Knuble popped the rebound over the netminder for the score and the 1-0 lead.
Philadelphia extended its lead to 2-0 with 6:40 remaining in the second period after Sharp batted a shot that beat Brodeur glove-side. After taking a big hit in the left corner, Sharp got up, skated to the side of the Devils' net and took a swipe at the puck and missed before connecting on the second attempt.
The Devils drew back within one 8:02 into the third period after Sean Brown took a wrist shot from the left point that deflected off Donald Brashear's stick in the left circle, then off Pihlman down low before fluttering past Esche to make it 2-1.
Philadelphia was whistled for too many men on the ice with 40 seconds remaining in the contest and, with Brodeur on the bench for the extra attacker, the Devils had a 6-on-4 advantage. But New Jersey could not net the equalizer after mustering just one shot on goal.
New Jersey's Brian Gionta had a five-game goal-scoring streak snapped...Peter Forsberg missed his third straight game for the Flyers because of a groin injury...Philadelphia stopped a four-game home skid...The Flyers posted a 5-2 win over New Jersey on October 7 at the Wachovia Center and have won five straight regular season meetings...Philadelphia finished the game 0-for-6 on the power play, while New Jersey was 0-for-5.
11/30 22:18:13 ET