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Friday, 10.7.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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For all the talk of more offense in the new-look NHL, goaltender Martin Brodeur looked like his old self.

The veteran netminder looks for his second win in as many starts Friday when the New Jersey Devils play the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Devils may be a team in transition defensively following the departure of veterans Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer, but Brodeur proved equal to the task of carrying the team. He made 17 first-period saves and helped the Devils kill off four first-period penalties in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh for his 404th career victory.

Brodeur, who finished with 36 stops, moved into sole possession of seventh on the all-time wins list and is three behind Glenn Hall for sixth.

They had tons of chances. Marty made some stops that I don''t even know how he made them, and that's why he's the best, Devils coach Larry Robinson said.

Rookie Zach Parise, the 17th overall pick in the 2003 draft, upstaged highly touted Sidney Crosby, the first overall pick of this year's draft, by getting a goal and an assist. Brian Gionta and Sergei Brylin each had two goals for New Jersey, which will be without its top scorer - Patrik Elias - for at least the first month of the season while he recovers from hepatitis.

You want to get the first one out of the way, Parise said about his goal. It's awesome. It was kind of a blur, but it's also a weight off your shoulders.

The Flyers opened a season of high expectations with a disappointing 5-3 home loss Wednesday to the New York Rangers. Peter Forsberg had two first-period assists in his debut but helplessly watched from the penalty box as Jaromir Jagr scored the go-ahead goal with 8:34 to play.

The Flyers allowed three goals in a 5:31 span of the third period en route to squandering a 3-1 lead.

They outplayed us heavily in the third period, said Forsberg, who finished with only one shot on goal and a plus-1 player rating.

The Flyers struggled on special teams. They converted just one of 10 power-play chances and failed on two-man advantages of 42 and 60 seconds, respectively, in a 4:18 stretch of the second period. Philadelphia also yielded two power-play goals to New York, highlighting the absence of Derian Hatcher.

The rugged defenseman will miss this game, serving the second of his three-game suspension from the 2004 playoffs.

We just have to learn to play from the net out defensively instead of worrying so much about offense, said Flyers goalkeeper Robert Esche, who stopped just 22 of 27 shots.

Esche won his last two starts against the Devils in the 2003-04 season, stopping 57 of 59 shots in a four-day span.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 5): Devils - 2 points, 1st place (tied), Atlantic Division. Flyers - 0 points, 3rd place (tied), 2 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Devils - Gionta and Brylin, 2 goals; Seven players with 1 assist; Gionta, 3 points; Parise and Richard Matvichuk, 4 PIM. Flyers - Simon Gagne, Mike Richards and Mike Knuble, 1 goal; Forsberg and Eric Desjardins, 2 assists and 2 points; Forsberg, Branko Radivojevic, Keith Primeau and Jon Sim, 2 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 5): Devils - Power play: 25.0 percent (2 for 8), 3rd (Tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 90.9 percent (10 for 11), 11th (Tied). Flyers - Power play: 10.0 percent (1 for 10), 18th. Penalty killing: 50.0 percent (2 for 4), 29th.

GOALTENDERS: Devils - Brodeur (1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA); Scott Clemmensen (no record). Flyers - Esche (0-1-0, 5.08); Antero Niittymaki (no record).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Flyers 3-2-1.

LAST MEETING: Mar. 13, Flyers 2-1. At Philadelphia, Marcus Ragnarsson snapped a tie 23 seconds into the third period, and Esche made 13 saves in the final 20 minutes to preserve the victory.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Devils - 1-0-0 on the road; Flyers - 0-1-0 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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