Flyers 4, Devils 1
NEWARK, N.J. -- Scott Hartnell scored a pair of power-play goals and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves as thePhiladelphia Flyers scored a 4-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils in a Saturday matinee between Atlantic Division rivals at Prudential Center.
The Flyers, who lost first-line wing Jaromir Jagr to a lower-body injury in the first period, also received a goal and two assists from Wayne Simmonds. The Flyers connected for four goals on 20 shots against Devils goalie Martin Brodeur
, who was making his fourth straight start between the pipes. Claude Giroux, who's goal-scoring drought extended to nine games, did chip in with two assists in the victory.
The Devils outshot Philadelphia, 31-20. For Bryzgalov, who was making his third start in four games, it marked the first time since Oct. 6-8 that he notched two straight wins while allowing one goal or less in each contest.
A scoreless first period was followed by some offensive fireworks in the second.
The Flyers opened a 2-0 lead on goals by rookie Matt Read and Hartnell, who has scored 11 of his team-leading 22 goals on the power-play. Read's 15th of the season went top shelf after taking a pass from behind the net by Simmonds at the 9:30 mark. Hartnell's 21st goal came off a deflection in the slot following a blast from the left point by Kimmo Timonen with the Flyers on the power-play at 13:04. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout 3:07 into the second and his club certainly responded, scoring four goals on 16 shots to close out the game.
Alexei Ponikarovsky then connected for eighth of the season his first as a Devil when he deftly redirected a point blast by Matt Taormina
in the left circle to beat Bryzgalov just 28 seconds after Hartnell's goal. It was Ponikarovsky's first goal since Dec. 13, snapping a 17-game goal-scoring drought, when he scored in a 2-1 loss at Toronto.
The Flyers played most of the game without the services of Jagr, who exited the contest in the first after totaling just 3:12 of ice time on four shifts.
It took almost half a period before the clubs began generating some good scoring opportunities in the opening 20 minutes and then both goalies came up with some big stops. Bryzgalov denied Petr Sykorawith the tip of his left pad off a blast from the top of the left circle with 9:01 left in the first and Brodeur slid to his left to stone Braydon Coburn's rocket from the right circle with 5:42 remaining.
Ponikarovsky, who was acquired by the Devils from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, played on a line with center Jacob Josefson
and David Clarkson
. Ponikarovsky, held scoreless in 15:20 of ice time during Carolina's 3-0 win again Washington on Friday, earned 4:32 of ice time in the first and was credited with one hit.
Simmonds' goal came into an empty-net with 2:22 remaining in the third, giving the visitors a 4-1 lead.
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