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Devils 6, Flyers 5, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 6, Flyers 5, OT
New Jersey Devils 6, Philadelphia Flyers 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -A pair of veteran backliners made the difference on a night a low-scoring rookie defenseman turned into a passing specialist.

Brad Lukowich scored with 49.5 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia 6-5 on Thursday night, extending the Flyers' franchise-worst, home-losing streak to 12 games.

Alexandre Picard set a Flyers record for rookies with five assists. The first-year defenseman had been scoreless in 19 games and came in with two goals and six assists in 36 games.

Zach Parise scored the tying goal with 31.8 seconds left in regulation after Peter Forsberg gave the Flyers a 5-4 lead with 4:10 left.

Lukowich redirected a one-timer by fellow defenseman Brian Rafalski past goalie Antero Niittymaki to win it.

"I had a bad 63 minutes, so I had to have at least one good shift," Lukowich said. "Hopefully the coach will forget about most of the bad shifts I had. I felt like I was trying to do too much. It was one of those games. I just felt I had to contribute better."

Travis Zajac scored two goals, and Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Devils.

Mike Knuble had two goals, and Ben Eager and Dimitry Afanasenkov added goals for the Flyers. Picard fell one assist short of Eric Lindros' team record set in 1997.

"Some of those goals, I didn't have anything to do with," Picard said. "Peter (Forsberg) put it right there and I took the shot."

The Flyers haven't won at home since beating former coach Ken Hitchcock in his debut with Columbus on Nov. 24, and have just three victories there in 24 games.

With Martin Brodeur off the ice for an extra skater, Parise took a behind-the-net pass from Langenbrunner and scored his 19th goal to force overtime.

The Devils improved to 5-0 against Philadelphia. The division rivals usually battle each other for first place, but are polar opposites this season. The Flyers have the NHL's fewest wins (12) and points (31), and are sure to miss the playoffs for the first time since 1994, while New Jersey is fighting for the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference.

"We see each other so often that each game gets more interesting," Zajac said.

Just 40 seconds after Knuble's second goal on the power play gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead, Langenbrunner tied it with his 17th. Langenbrunner's shot from the left circle bounced off Niittymaki's glove and went in.

Forsberg set up Knuble's go-ahead goal with a perfect, cross-ice pass to Picard. Knuble redirected Picard's shot past Brodeur for his 19th.

"It's frustrating," Forsberg said. "We played well, but we screwed up at the end. It's hard to lose this way."

Afanasenkov scored off his own rebound early in the third period to tie it 3-3. It was his first goal since Philadelphia claimed him off waivers from Tampa Bay on Dec. 30.

Elias put the Devils ahead for the first time just past the midpoint of the second period. He backhanded his rebound in to make it 3-2.

Thirteen seconds after a roughing penalty on Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher gave New Jersey a two-man advantage, Zajac slipped one in to tie it at 2 in the second period.

Knuble's first goal on the power play gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead early in that frame. The Flyers took a 1-0 lead when Eager redirected a slap shot by Picard past a screened Brodeur. Zajac tied it less than three minutes later.

Notes: Brodeur started his 22nd straight game. The 34-year-old, two-time Vezina Trophy winner has started 50 of 52 games this season and 93 of 96, dating to last season. He has each of New Jersey's 31 victories this season. ... Devils RW Brian Gionta played in his 300th NHL game. ... The rookie Zajac recorded his first two-goal game. ... Forsberg earned his 603rd career assist on Knuble's first goal to pass Kirk Muller for 68th on the NHL list.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:22
PHI
Ben Eager (3) ASST: Alexandre Picard (7), Mike Richards (10)
1 - 0 PHI
05:16
NJD
Travis Zajac (9) ASST: Zach Parise (20), Brad Lukowich (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
02:19
PHI
PPG - Mike Knuble (18) ASST: Alexandre Picard (8), Peter Forsberg (22)
2 - 1 PHI
08:17
NJD
PPG - Travis Zajac (10) ASST: Scott Gomez (31), Patrik Elias (30)
2 - 2 Tie
11:52
NJD
Patrik Elias (18) ASST: Scott Gomez (32), Brian Gionta (18)
3 - 2 NJD
3rd Period
02:52
PHI
Dimitri Afanasenkov (4) ASST: Todd Fedoruk (9), Alexandre Picard (9)
3 - 3 Tie
11:16
PHI
PPG - Mike Knuble (19) ASST: Alexandre Picard (10), Peter Forsberg (23)
4 - 3 PHI
11:56
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner (17) ASST: Paul Martin (17)
4 - 4 Tie
15:50
PHI
Peter Forsberg (10) ASST: Mike Knuble (15), Alexandre Picard (11)
5 - 4 PHI
19:28
NJD
Zach Parise (19) ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (20)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
04:10
NJD
Brad Lukowich (3) ASST: Brian Rafalski (32), Patrik Elias (31)
6 - 5 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
05:42
NJD
David Hale  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
05:42
PHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  David Hale
06:10
PHI
Mike York  Hooking against  Rod Pelley
07:27
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Hi-sticking against  Zach Parise
07:27
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Hi-sticking against  Zach Parise
18:01
NJD
Patrik Elias  Hooking against  Kyle Calder
2nd Period
01:34
NJD
Scott Gomez  Hooking against  Jeff Carter
07:43
PHI
Nate Guenin  Hooking against  Zach Parise
08:04
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
15:18
NJD
Brian Gionta  Hi-sticking against  Ben Eager
19:57
PHI
Todd Fedoruk  Roughing against  Colin White
3rd Period
06:27
PHI
Ben Eager  Interference against  Johnny Oduya
10:12
NJD
David Hale  Interference against  Jeff Carter
17:38
NJD
Scott Gomez  Cross checking against  Peter Forsberg
17:38
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Diving against  Scott Gomez
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 36TOI: 63:35
Saves: 31EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .861SH: 0 - 0
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 35TOI: 64:03
Saves: 29EV: 18 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .829SH: 3 - 3
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