The Devils' quest for history came up short in Philadelphia.
Looking to remain unbeaten on the road with their 10th straight win away from home, the Devils got behind 2-0 to the host Flyers and were defeated, 3-2, on Monday.
Zach Parise notched his team-leading 11th goal of the season with 0.6 seconds left in regulation and Martin Brodeur on the bench for an extra skater. But it wasn't enough for New Jersey, which saw its overall winning streak snapped at eight games.
A victory by the Devils would have tied them with the 2006-07 Sabres for the best road start in NHL history. Buffalo opened that season 10-0 on the road and went on to an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In Philadelphia, David Clarkson scored his seventh goal of the year, and Patrik Elias assisted on both New Jersey goals for his first points of 2009-10. Parise also added an assist for nine points (5g-4a) in his last five games.
Brodeur made 32 saves in the loss, as the Devils (14-5-0) fell for only the third time since opening the season 0-2. One of those defeats was their season-opening 5-2 setback to the Flyers at Prudential Center.
A 2-0 deficit has been commonplace of late for the resilient Devils. They gave up the first two goals at Washington on Oct. 12, in Ottawa on Nov. 7, then again versus Washington last Saturday. All three times, Jersey's Team rallied back to win.
On Monday, they ran out of time.
Clarkson's fourth goal in five games trimmed the Philadelphia lead to 2-1 in the second period. But Middletown, N.J., native James van Riemsdyk capitalized on a Devils turnover in front of the net to make it, 3-1, Flyers, midway through the third.
Parise jammed his regulation buzzer-beater past Philly goaltender Ray Emery for New Jersey, which had not allowed more than two goals to any opponent during its eight-game win streak. Emery registered 33 saves for Philadelphia (11-5-1).
The Devils will take their 9-1 road record into Nashville on Thursday, and visit Dallas on Saturday. They return home to host Ottawa next Wednesday.
Darrell Powe's sixth of the season opened the scoring at 7:11 of the first period.
Brodeur cleared the puck up the left boards, but it was intercepted by one-time Devil Arron Asham. Asham passed to the bottom of the left circle for Claude Giroux, who slid a pass across to Powe for the tap-in under the oustretched paddle of Brodeur's goal stick.
Scott Hartnell staked the Flyers to a two-goal cushion as New Jersey fell behind 2-0 for the second straight game.
Andy Greene's cross-checking minor with seven seconds left in the first period carried over into the second. Hartnell cashed in when his centering feed from the side of the net caromed off the skate of Mike Mottau and into the net 44 seconds into the middle frame.
Brodeur's steadying presence between the pipes kept the Devils within striking distance. He came up with two big stops on Mika Pyorala at the six-minute mark, getting his catching glove on the first, then blocking Pyorala's second as he looked behind the net at Mike Richards.
Clarkson and the Devils converted on 27 seconds of a two-man advantage to beat Emery with 4:18 left in the second. Jeff Carter and Richards were in the box for the Flyers when Parise's cross-crease pass deflected off Kimmo Timmonen to Clarkson, who buried it from the doorstep.
Clarkson's power-play tally was the Devils' ninth in the last seven games (9-31, 29%).
Van Riemsdyk's unassisted tally at 10:38 of the third was his fifth of the season.
The Devils squandered a power play chance at 13:30 of the third, when Danny Briere went off for high-sticking. New Jersey finished 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
The Devils had won 11 straight road games, including two at the end of last season. Their last road loss was April 1 at Pittsburgh. … Nine straight road wins also marked the second longest streak in team history (10, Feb. 27-April 7, 2001). … Langenbrunner's assist on the Parise goal gave him seven points in his last five games (2g-5a). … Clarkson finished with a game-high seven shots on goal. … Mottau lead all Devils with 27:11 of ice time, edging out Greene's 26:43. … Both teams finished with 35 shots.