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Live Blog: Simon Gagne Nets Game Winner In OT, Devils Lose 3-2

Simon Gagne scored at 3:11 in the overtime period to give the Flyers the 3-2 victory in tonight’s game at the Prudential Center.

Gagne created his own scoring chance against a tired Devils unit. After missing a shot wide, Gagne chased down his rebound and skated back out near the point. He skated around a Devils defender and skated into the slot, where he beat Brodeur high with a wrist shot.

The Devils couldn’t convert on two consecutive powerplay chances in the third period. Braydon Coburn took a cross-checking penalty at 7:44, giving the Devils their initial powerplay. With 25 seconds left in Coburn’s penalty, Matt Carle took received a minor for holding the stick of Zharkov. The Devils could not do anything on the 5-on-3, and Elias negated the Carle penalty with a hook in the offensive zone.

The Devils are 0-for-3 on the powerplay tonight.

The Devils outshot the Flyers, 7-0, in the third period. They Devils also have the edge in total shots, 22-13.

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire juggled the lines in the third period. Kovalchuk moved up to the top line and is skating with Jamie Langenbrunner and Zajac. McAmmond took his place on a line with Dainius Zubrus and Patrick Elias.

The Devils lead 2-0 at 8:01 in the first period, but the Flyers came back with a goals in the first and second period to tie the game.

Jeff Carter’s goal at 13:47 in the second period tied the score at two.

The goal came from a 3-on-2 opportunity for the Flyers. Danny Briere brought the puck in and passed the puck to Hartnell, who moved the puck to Carter on the left side. Carter juggled the puck for a second, but got hold of it and shot the puck over Brodeur’s shoulder for his 24th goal of the season.

That marks the second time in two games the Flyers came from behind and tied the game in the second period. The Flyers’ victory Monday was their first when trailing by two or more goals.

The Devils have now been outscored 11-1 in the second period in their last five games.

The Devils outshot the Flyers, 8-7, in the second period. The Devils also have the edge in total shots, 15-13.

Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador will miss the rest of the game after being clipped with a high stick from Simon Gagne at 6:05 in the first period. From the replays, it looked like Salvador was hit in the right eye and began to bleed as he made his way to the bench. Salvador does not wear a visor.

The Devils outshot the Flyers, 7-6, in the first period.

Aaron Asham scored 8:06 into the first period to cut the Devils lead to one goal.

The Devils got away with a no-goal call during a Flyers powerplay at 14:45 of the first period. Martin Brodeur made an initial save on a Flyers shot and dove across the crease to stop a shot from Scott Hartnell. Replays seemed to show the puck just crossing the goal line in Brodeur’s glove, but video officials in Toronto ruled no-goal.

Claude Giroux set up Asham for the Flyers goal. Giroux skated the puck up the side boards and threw a backhanded pass to Asham in the right circle. Asham sent a wrist shot high over Brodeur’s glove for his first  career goal against the Devils.

Jay Pandolfo received credit for the goal, but all replays show Niedermayer as the last Devil who touched the puck before it went in off of Timonen

Thirty-two seconds before Asham’s goal, Rob Niedermayer scored to give the Devils a short-lived two goal lead. Niedermayer took the puck behind the net and skated to the goal line. He spun around and passed the puck to the front of the net. The puck hit the skate of Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen and into the net for Niedermayer’s seventh goal of the season.

Zajac carried the puck into the Flyers zone and fired a shot from the point. It looked like Leighton had the puck squeezed between his pads, but it trickled behind the Flyers goalie and went into the net for Zajac’s 18th goal of the season.

After starting the game centering Vladmir Zharkov and Ilya Kovalchuk, Dean McAmmond went to the dressing room after his first shift. Blair Betts threw a body check on McAmmond, and it looked like the hit injured McAmmond’s shoulder.

McAmmond re-entered the game shortly after leaving with an injury. No word on why he went to the dressing room.

Bergen Record reporter Tom Gulitti reported that Devils LW Zach Parise will miss tonight’s game. The Devils left winger reportedly has an “upper-body” injury. Parise last missed a game on December 23, 2007 with the flu.

Both teams will start the same goalies as Monday night. Michael Leighton will man the pipes for the Flyers, and the Devils will have Martin Brodeur in net.

If the Flyers win tonight, it will be the first time in over two decades the Flyers won four or more games in a season against the Devils.

With the blizzard conditions, there aren’t many fans at the arena. Still, looks like a decent number for the way the weather is today.

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