Flyers Stun Devils, End Their Road Win Streak

PHILADELPHIA- Intimidation didn’t exist last night at the Wachovia Center. The New Jersey Devils came to Philadelphia last looking to make history. It didn’t come to fruition for them. The Flyers ended the Devils nine game road win streak, beating them 3-2.

The Devils were riding high coming in on an eight-game winning streak and staring history in the eyes. The Devils were one win away from becoming the first team to win their first 10 road games. The Flyers made sure that didn’t happen.

Philadelphia knew they had to start quick and getting the first goal would justify that. Darroll Powe beat the great Martin Brodeur for his sixth goal of the season at 7:11 in the opening period.

Scott Hartnell scored just :44 seconds into the second period on the power-play to make the Flyers lead 2-0. Goaltender Ray Emery was as dominant as he’s been all season stopping shot after shot. Emery had 27 saves by the end of the second period, with 33 overall.

Rookie James van Riemsdyk continued his spectacular play scoring his fifth of the season midway through the third to put the Flyers ahead for good. Linemates Jeff Carter and Danny Briere forchecked their way to assist the goal.

“Danny B (Briere) and Carts (Carter) were great on the forecheck there,” van Riemsdyk said. “It kind of caused a turnover, and I think the goalie might have poked it; Marty might have poked it out there. I was just at the right spot at the right time, and just threw it on net.”

Van Riemsdyk is second among rookies with 16 points. He trails only the Islanders’ John Tavares who has played seven more games.

On a night where the Flyers honored the original Broad st. bully Dave ‘The Hammer’ Shultz, nobody dropped the gloves. A little disheartening to tell you the truth; however, i’ll take the huge division victory over a five minutes major in the sin bin.

“The two points was the main thing tonight as we head out on the road here,” Stevens said.

A little scrum happened with under a second to go in regulation. Yes under a second to play. Travis Zajac crashed the net running into Emery causing the goalie to be out of position to stop any incoming shot. Zach Parise took advantage scoring his 11th with .6 seconds to go.

“They had a shot there and he (Zajac) came in and was whacking at it and it bounced back out,” Emery said. “I thought he stuck around there and wound up pushing me. I know he got pushed after that, but I thought he gave me a decent enough shot that I couldn’t stop the puck before it went in.”

“I think Ray has to be allowed to make the save,” Flyers coach John Stevens said. “It was a big scrum at the net. Zajac is pushing him back into the net. I know he didn’t push him back all the way until the puck went in (but) he’s standing in the middle of the blue paint there. Ray has to have the opportunity to make the save and he didn’t have that.”

The Flyers will head out west for some late-night hockey. They start off Wednesday night against the L.A. Kings….Arron Asham has a strained oblique and will miss 10-14 days. David Laliberte has been recalled from the Phantoms.

Quotes: Flyers

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