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Devils blank Flyers in home opener

Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 11:04 PM

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Devils blank Flyers in home opener
Philadelphia Flyers 0, New Jersey Devils 3
Three Stars of the Game
Martin Brodeur
1st
Martin Brodeur
G
SA: 24TOI: 59:45
GA: 0EV: 17-17
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 2-2
Ilya Kovalchuk
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 23:02
Travis Zajac
3rd
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:06
NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur made 24 saves, and the New Jersey Devils received goals from three players Tuesday on the way to a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers before an energetic 17,625 fans at Prudential Center.

Brodeur, 40, earned his first shutout of the 2012-13 campaign, 10th all-time against the Flyers and the 120th of his 19-season career. The Devils, who won their second game in as many outings, received goals from Travis Zajac, David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk to score a big two-point triumph over their Atlantic Division rival.

The loss is the third straight for the Flyers, who have led for 10:57 of 180 minutes spanning their three games this season. It marks the third time in franchise history the Flyers have opened a season with three successive losses.

Despite holding a 26-24 advantage in shots over the Flyers, the Devils were outplayed for long stretches of the game. Brodeur, who is seven games shy of 1,200 for his career, was there time and again to bail out his club.

Kovalchuk scored his first of the season at 2:44 of the second period on his fourth career penalty shot. After being pulled from behind by Kimmo Timonen during a clear breakaway attempt, the big Russian was given his opportunity against countryman Ilya Bryzgalov. Kovalchuk broke in on Bryzgalov and deposited his third career penalty-shot goal off a backhand over the goalie's right pad to give the home team a commanding 3-0 advantage.

The remainder of the period was highlighted by plenty of Philadelphia frustration.

During an offensive flurry on Brodeur 12:50 into the second, Wayne Simmonds delivered a mild cross-check to the Devils goalie. Brodeur fell to the ice, and Simmonds, expecting to get some attention, immediately tossed off his gloves and began throwing rights at Jacob Josefson before Ryan Carter stepped into the fray. Simmonds was whistled for goalie interference and a double minor for roughing.

That scuffle came a little over two minutes after Clarkson and Scott Hartnell exchanged pleasantries in front of the Devils bench after the New Jersey forward dumped Timonen to the ice in the neutral zone.

The third period included a pair of fights: Simmonds traded blows with Clarkson, and New Jersey's Steve Bernier squared off with Brayden Schenn.

The Devils opened a 1-0 lead 1:07 into the first period when Zajac connected off a rebound in the slot with Bryzgalov out of position. Kovalchuk sent a breakout pass to defenseman Bryce Salvador, who curled the Flyers cage and released a shot from the left circle that Bryzgalov could not handle. Zajac's goal, on his team's first shot of the game, was all Brodeur needed to secure the victory.

The Flyers settled down but couldn't solve the Devils netminder, who made nine saves in the opening 20 minutes. His best stop might have been on Hartnell at the 11:48 mark when the Flyers forward found himself alone in the slot but was denied by Brodeur's blocker. The Flyers also were foiled on two power-play attempts.

Clarkson extended the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal with 24.9 seconds remaining in the first. Clarkson, who finished with a career-high 30 goals in 2011-12, scored his second in as many games this season off a wraparound attempt that ricocheted off the skate of Philadelphia's Ruslan Fedotenko in the crease and past Bryzgalov. The Flyers were noticeably upset that Clarkson wasn't penalized on the play. Just prior to his goal, Clarkson skated through the crease and knocked the stick out of the hands of Bryzgalov.

The Devils scored two goals on three shots in the first; the only missed attempt was off the stick of Patrik Elias.
scoring summary
1st Period
01:07
NJD
Travis Zajac (2) ASST: Bryce Salvador (1), Dainius Zubrus (1)
1 - 0 NJD
19:35
NJD
PPG - David Clarkson (2) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (2), Marek Zidlicky (1)
2 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
02:44
NJD
SHG - PS - Ilya Kovalchuk (1) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 NJD
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
12:00
NJD
Marek Zidlicky  Hi-sticking against  Scott Hartnell
14:20
NJD
Ilya Kovalchuk  Tripping against  Scott Laughton
19:25
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Interference against  Ilya Kovalchuk
2nd Period
01:39
NJD
Marek Zidlicky  Slashing against  Matt Read
05:02
NJD
Mattias Tedenby  Tripping against  Andrej Meszaros
10:31
NJD
David Clarkson  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
10:31
NJD
Stefan Matteau  Roughing against  Jakub Voracek
10:31
PHI
Jakub Voracek  Roughing against  Stefan Matteau
10:31
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  David Clarkson
12:50
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Roughing against  Steve Bernier
12:50
NJD
Steve Bernier  Roughing against  Wayne Simmonds
12:50
NJD
Steve Bernier  Roughing against  Wayne Simmonds
12:50
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Interference on goalkeeper against  Steve Bernier
12:50
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Roughing against  Steve Bernier
15:56
PHI
Tye McGinn  Abuse of officials - bench
16:46
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Hi-sticking against  David Clarkson
3rd Period
06:49
PHI
Claude Giroux  Abuse of officials
07:35
NJD
David Clarkson  Interference against  Luke Schenn
11:22
NJD
Bryce Salvador  Roughing against  Maxime Talbot
11:22
PHI
Maxime Talbot  Roughing against  Bryce Salvador
11:22
NJD
Bryce Salvador  Slashing against  Maxime Talbot
11:22
PHI
Maxime Talbot  Slashing against  Bryce Salvador
12:24
PHI
Claude Giroux  Slashing against  Ilya Kovalchuk
12:32
PHI
Nicklas Grossmann  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:50
NJD
Marek Zidlicky  Interference against  Sean Couturier
15:28
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj) against  David Clarkson
15:28
NJD
David Clarkson  Fighting (maj) against  Wayne Simmonds
19:27
NJD
Steve Bernier  Fighting (maj) against  Brayden Schenn
19:27
PHI
Brayden Schenn  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Bernier
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
0-3-0
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .885SH: 3 - 4
Martin Brodeur
SA: 24TOI: 59:45
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
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