NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia|
(Thursday, April 18th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 0
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Mired in a 10-game losing streak and with
their fading playoff hopes hanging on by a thread, New Jersey got the game it
needed from its best player.
Martin Brodeur turned aside 23 shots for his 121st career shutout as the
Devils took a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
New Jersey hadn't won a game since March 23rd, which was Brodeur's 666th
career victory. At the time, the Devils occupied the seventh spot in the
Eastern Conference, but now the team is on the outside looking in as they are
six points back of the Rangers with five games to play.
"It seems like it's been a long time so I'm glad for the guys," said New
Jersey head coach Peter DeBoer. "That's the kind of effort we've been putting
out for a while now, but didn't get rewarded. We were sitting at 1-0 and the
thought begin to creep into your mind, here we go again. We found a way in the
third and the guys deserved the win."
Ryan Carter, Matt D'Agostini and Adam Henrique scored the goals for the
Devils, who came into the game having been blanked by Toronto and Ottawa.
The Flyers, meanwhile, came into the contest having won two straight in an
attempt to claw their way into a playoff spot, but this loss has all but
eliminated the team as they are seven points back with four games to play.
Ilya Bryzgalov gave up two goals on 30 shots in the loss.
"Well you know what, it's a disappointing season," said Flyers captain Claude
Giroux. "There's still a couple games left but it's frustrating the way we
played this game. They won more battles than us, that's the thing."
After a scoreless first period, the Devils got on the board at the 5:36 mark
of the second period. Shortly after the Flyers failed on an odd man break the
other way, Stephen Gionta picked off the puck in the neutral zone and went the
other way. Skating down the right wing, he fired a pass to the slot where
Carter zipped it home for his fifth of the year.
D'Agostini put the game away with 5:50 to play in the contest as he capped a
short breakaway with a wrister between the pads of Bryzgalov for his third
goal of the year.
Brodeur preserved the shutout and helped the Devils avoid a franchise-record
11th straight loss with seven saves in the third and Henrique put the puck in
the empty net with just over a minute to play to cap the scoring.
Brodeur has two shutouts this season ... New Jersey last lost 10 in a row from
Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 1983 ... New Jersey hosts Florida on Saturday ... The Flyers
play at Carolina on Saturday ... New Jersey won four of five against
Philadelphia this season.
04/19 00:01:18 ET