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Biron Stops 38 in 4-0 Shutout Over Devils

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:13 AM

Joe Siville - philadelphiaflyers.com

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Biron Stops 38 in 4-0 Shutout Over Devils
New Jersey Devils 0, Philadelphia Flyers 4
Richards, Kapanen, Dowd and Lupul tally for 5-1 Philadelphia

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(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.

FLYERS NOTES
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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scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:49
PHI
PPG - Mike Richards (4) Snap shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (5), Mike Knuble (3)
1 - 0 PHI
08:15
PHI
Sami Kapanen (3) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 PHI
10:49
PHI
Jim Dowd (1) Tip-in - ASST: Randy Jones (5)
3 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
14:09
PHI
Joffrey Lupul (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Richards (4)
4 - 0 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
03:01
PHI
Lasse Kukkonen  Roughing against  Patrik Elias
05:10
PHI
Stefan Ruzicka  Hooking against  Sergei Brylin
07:08
NJD
Arron Asham  Boarding against  Derian Hatcher
08:29
PHI
Daniel Briere  Slashing against  Patrik Elias
14:49
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Boarding against  Travis Zajac
2nd Period
02:12
NJD
Patrik Elias  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:20
PHI
Daniel Briere  Holding the stick against  John Madden
16:45
NJD
Brian Gionta  Roughing against  Derian Hatcher
19:51
NJD
David Clarkson  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Smith
19:51
PHI
Jason Smith  Fighting (maj) against  David Clarkson
19:51
NJD
David Clarkson  Holding against  Jason Smith
3rd Period
04:22
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Cross checking against  Arron Asham
08:07
PHI
Mike Knuble  Hooking against  Patrik Elias
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 18TOI: 59:46
Saves: 14EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .778SH: 1 - 1
Martin Biron
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 38EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3
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