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New Jersey Devils 2, Philadelphia Flyers 5 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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New Jersey Devils 2, Philadelphia Flyers 5 FINAL
New Jersey Devils 2, Philadelphia Flyers 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Simon Gagne is benefiting from Peter Forsberg's presence.

Gagne scored twice and Jon Sim had the go-ahead goal, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Michal Handzus and Turner Stevenson also had goals for the Flyers, who scored five straight.

Jamie Langenbrunner and Alexander Mogilny netted power-play goals to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead.

Forsberg, the Flyers' biggest offseason acquisition, has four assists in two games. Three have come on goals by Gagne.

``He sees me pretty well on the ice. He's amazing,'' Gagne said. ``He finds me everywhere. He's fun to play with.''

The new-look Flyers, who revamped their roster and came in as strong favorites to win the Stanley Cup, evened their record after losing their opener to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sim put the Flyers ahead 3-2 just 39 seconds into the third period. Sim took a pass from behind the net from Mike Richards and lifted a slap shot past goaltender Martin Brodeur.

Handzus gave Philadelphia a two-goal cushion, beating Brodeur with a shot on the stick side almost six minutes later. Stevenson, a former Devils player, scored on a short-handed breakaway to seal the victory.

``We were tentative, but once we got angry, we got some emotion and we were ready to go,'' Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said.

The Flyers and Devils last met in the first round of the 2003-04 playoffs. Philadelphia eliminated its longtime nemesis in five games and went all the way to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals, before losing to eventual Stanley Cup winner Tampa Bay.

The additions of former NHL MVP Forsberg, defenseman Derian Hatcher and rookies Richards and Jeff Carter made the Flyers early favorites to win their first championship in 30 years.

New Jersey, which won the Cup in 2003, is trying to overcome losing defensemen Scott Stevens (retired) and Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim).

``The Flyers are so freewheeling, they're able to hit your stick with their glove, just touch you a little bit,'' Brodeur said. ``It's hard to get your position. It's hard to move around the net, especially against a team like that. That's their strength and they use it. They go hard to the net.''

Gagne tied it at 2 with help from a video replay late in the second. He wristed a shot that was knocked down by defenseman Richard Matvichuk. But Matvichuk kicked the puck under Brodeur then pulled it out with his glove from behind the goal line. Gagne was awarded his third goal after the replay.

``It was probably between my legs,'' Brodeur said. ``I don't think it was in my lap. I never had it.''

Gagne cut the Flyers' deficit to 2-1 midway through the second, backhanding a shot past Brodeur after a nifty pass from Forsberg across the front of the net.

``Gagne's a good goal-scorer,'' said Forsberg, who led Colorado to two championships, before coming to Philadelphia after the lockout.

Langenbrunner gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 3:07 in. He deflected a shot from the point by Paul Martin past goaltender Antero Niittymaki.

Mogilny made it 2-0 with a one-timer off a pass from Martin early in the second. Both of New Jersey's goals were scored with defenseman Chris Therien in the penalty box.

In the first, the Flyers had a goal by Sim nullified because the whistle had blown. Right before that, Brian Savage hit the post with a slap shot.

Niittymaki, who helped the Philadelphia Phantoms win the AHL championship last spring, made 26 saves.

``I think Brodeur is the best goalie in the world,'' Niittymaki said. ``It's always fun to play someone like that. It gives you an extra something.''

Notes: Hatcher sat out the second game of a three-game suspension for elbowing Calgary's Matthew Lombardi in the head during the 2004 playoffs when he played for Detroit. ... The Flyers have sold out their first two games. ... The Devils have scored a pair of power-play goals in each of their first two games.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Jamie Langenbrunner (1) ASST: Paul Martin (2)
1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
PPG - Alexander Mogilny (1) ASST: Paul Martin (3), Daniel Mcgillis (2)
2 - 0 NJD
Simon Gagne (2) ASST: Peter Forsberg (3), Mike Knuble (1)
2 - 1 NJD
Simon Gagne (3) ASST: Mike Knuble (2), Peter Forsberg (4)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
Jon Sim (1) ASST: Mike Richards (1), Michal Handzus (1)
3 - 2 PHI
Michal Handzus (1) ASST: Mike Richards (2), Mike Rathje (1)
4 - 2 PHI
SHG - Turner Stevenson (1) ASST: Keith Primeau (1)
5 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
Chris Therien  Holding against  Zach Parise
Erik Rasmussen  Interference against  Turner Stevenson
Jon Sim  Hooking against  Richard Matvichuk
Scott Gomez  Hi-sticking against  Keith Primeau
Paul Martin  Diving against  Simon Gagne
Simon Gagne  Holding against  Paul Martin
Mike Rathje  Tripping against  Alexander Mogilny
2nd Period
Chris Therien  Interference against  Brian Gionta
Mike Knuble  Holding against  Jay Pandolfo
Mike Knuble  Cross checking against  Vladimir Malakhov
Scott Gomez  Delay of game
3rd Period
Scott Gomez  Hooking against  Mike Knuble
Kim Johnsson  Hi-sticking against  Alexander Mogilny
Scott Gomez  Roughing against  Keith Primeau
Jon Sim  Interference against  Viktor Kozlov
Donald Brashear  Roughing against  Grant Marshall
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .848SH: 1 - 2
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 28TOI: 59:41
Saves: 26EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .929SH: 2 - 2
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