Gagne Sinks Devils In Overtime
Philadelphia Flyers left-winger Simon Gagne had scored 17 career regular season goals against Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, tied with former NHLer Jaromir Jagr for most against the future Hall of Famer.
In tonight’s game, he broke the tie.
Gagne’s game winning goal gave the Flyers the victory, 3-2, over the Devils at the Prudential Center.
Gagne created his own opportunities in the overtime period. After shooting the puck wide, the left-winger chased down the puck and carried it back to the top of the circle. He skated down the middle of the zone and let go a wrist shot from the slot that beat Brodeur.
The Flyers beat the Devils for the fourth time this season, a feat they haven’t accomplished since 1988-1989.
Devils center Travis Zajac began the scoring 45 seconds into the first period. Zajac took a weak shot from the point that trickled through Flyers goalie Michael Leighton and into the net.
The Devils struck again at 8:01 in the period. Rob Niedermayer took the puck from behind the Flyers net and spun at the goal line. As he spun, he passed the puck to the front of the net. The puck deflected off Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen and into the net for Niedermayer’s seventh goal of the season.
Then the Flyers staged their comeback.
Aaron Asham scored 32 seconds after Niedermayer to cut the Devils lead in half. Asham received a pass from right-winger Claude Giroux and skated into the slot. The former Devil fired a wrist shot that beat Brodeur for his first career goal against the Devils.
The Devils struggles in the second period continued in this game. Over the past five games, the Devils opponents have outscored them 11-1 in the period.
Jeff Carter added to their struggles when he tied the game with his 24th goal of the season. Carter broke into the zone on a 3-on-2 opportunity with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell. Briere passed the puck to Carter, and the Flyers leading scorer beat Brodeur over the shoulder for the goal.
The Devils had an opportunity to take the lead in the third period on two consecutive powerplay opportunities. They also had a 5-on-3 for 25 seconds. But the Devils were unable to convert. The Devils are now 1-for-10 on the powerplay in their last two games.
With the loss, the Devils are now 4-8-2 in their last 14 games. Their next game will be Friday night against the Nashville Predators at the Prudential Center.
Zach Parise missed tonight’s game with an “upper-body” injury. He was a late scratch, but it isn’t thought that he will miss Friday night’s game…Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador left the game after being clipped with a high-stick at 6:05 in the first period. Salvador went down to the ice and skated to the bench, where it appeared he began bleeding. His injury isn’t though to be serious.