(Philadelphia, PA) – The Flyers earned their fourth consecutive win behind a 38-save performance by Martin Biron, who posted his second consecutive shutout in a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Wachovia Center on Thursday.
Biron has now stopped the last 82 shots he has faced, not allowing a goal in his last 137:22 minutes of play. He becomes the first Flyers goaltender to earn back-to-back shutouts since Brian Boucher accomplished the feat nearly six years ago on October 30-31, 2001.
“I guess that’s a good thing,” said Biron. “As a team we have played pretty solid defensively the last two games and it definitely feels good."
Jim Dowd celebrates his second period goal with Lasse Kukkonen (middle) and Randy Jones. (Getty Images)
With the win, the Flyers maintain a two-point lead in the Atlantic Division, with a record of 5-1-0 and become just the second team in the Eastern Conference with five wins.
After the first period in which they were out shot 15-2, the Flyers exploded once again in the second with three goals to take command of the game.
Mike Richards kicked off the scoring for the second straight game with his fourth goal of the year at 3:49 of the second, with assists from Danny Briere, who has points in five of six games, and Mike Knuble.
Nearing the midway point of the second period, Sami Kapanen tallied an unassisted goal on a knuckleball-like slap shot, marking the third straight game he has found the back of the net to put the Flyers up 2-0.
Playing against his former team, Jim Dowd scored his first goal of the year on a deflection nearing the end of the period, while Biron stopped a shorthanded breakaway from John Madden as time expired to preserve a 3-0 Philly lead heading into the third period.
“Again, he was unbelievable. He made a lot of big saves to keep us in the game early and there was just a lot of momentum we got off him.” said Richards of Biron.
“Marty has been just terrific. There is no question that he exudes confidence in our hockey team,” commented Head Coach John Stevens. “He is never rattled. Even when we are getting barraged there in the first period you don’t see any frustration in him or what is going on. It looks like its just business as usual for him.”
The Flyers have scored 14 of their 24 goals (58.3 percent) in the second period this season.
Joffrey Lupul rounded out the scoring on a rebound goal for the Flyers to extend his scoring streak to five games, in which he has seven points (2G,5A), while Richards added the assist to give him seven points in his last four outings.
The win marks the first win over the Devils since March 6, 2007, after the Flyers were 0-7-1 in eight meetings against New Jersey last season.
The Flyers close out their four-game homestand on Saturday, October 20 when they battle the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
The Flyers last win in regulation over the Devils came on March 21, 2006 at the Wachovia Center… Jeff Carter’s four-game goal-scoring streak was snapped in the win… Randy Jones tallied an assist to give him points in five of six games, including a four-game scoring streak.
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