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Flyers beat Devils in OT for home-and-home sweep

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:42 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers beat Devils in OT for home-and-home sweep
Philadelphia Flyers 3, New Jersey Devils 2
NEWARK, N.J. — There was a time earlier this season when the Philadelphia Flyers knew a two-goal deficit was tantamount to a loss.

Not anymore, and certainly not against the New Jersey Devils.

Simon Gagne scored at 3:27 of overtime and the Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit against New Jersey for the second time in three days for a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.

"I think it is a good test to show what we are made of, where this team has come from and where this team needs to get to," Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. "We certainly don't want to make a habit of getting down 2-0 in games and hopefully, that will be the last. Like I said, you don't do this against the New Jersey Devils too often."

In both 3-2 wins, the Flyers tied it by the end of the second period and found a way to win. The victory Monday night came on a third-period goal by Mike Richards.

This time, the Flyers overcame being outshot 7-1 in the third period and won when Gagne scored for the first time in 13 games.

Gagne had chances on a wraparound and a shot in close before beating Martin Brodeur with a shot from between the circles to give the Flyers a sweep of the home-and-home series.

"Gags had a heck of a shift and scored a really big goal for us," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "It was a dominating shift. He was on the puck, dug it up again, made moves and dug it up again and made moves and finally got to a spot where he could let it go and he let it fly."

The shot hit off Brodeur's shoulder and went into the upper part of the net.

"It's been tough," Gagne said. "I've gotten some chances but I still haven't been able to score goals. The team needs goals to win hockey games. It's been on my mind the whole time -- this is definitely going to take that big monkey off my back."

Jeff Carter and Aaron Asham also scored for the Flyers, who have beaten New Jersey fourth times in five meetings this season. Michael Leighton made 21 saves.

"I think (the comebacks) go with how we have been playing, the turnaround," Carter said. "Earlier, down 2-0, we were done. When we were in that stretch it was tough. It is something that has built over time."

Travis Zajac and Rob Niedermayer scored for the Devils, while Brodeur made 13 saves. New Jersey has lost 11 of its last 15 games.

"Guys are not feeling confident about themselves," Brodeur said. "It's been a little tougher to get going both offensively and defensively. We're getting back bounces. We we're going to get out of it. It's just a matter of time. We have two more games before the break and we need that little push."

With both teams already in Newark, a winter storm that dumped a least a foot of snow could not prevent the game from going on, attracting an announced crowd of 5,580 that looked smaller.

Zajac and Niedermayer gave the crowd something to cheer about early with somewhat flukey goals in the opening 8:01. only to see Asham and Carter tie the game with goals in the first and second periods.

Leighton gave Zajac a gift 18th goal of the season 45 seconds after the opening faceoff when he let a routine shot from the top of the left circle dribble through his pads and roll ever-so-slowly into the net.

Niedermayer threw a pass in front from along the goal line at the 8-minute mark and the puck hit off Leighton, deflected into the skates of Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen and into the net.

Asham, a former Devil, got the Flyers on the board less than a minute later when his shot from the right faceoff circle deflected off New Jersey defenseman Andy Greene and zipped past Brodeur.

Scott Hartnell nearly tied it with 5 minutes left in the first period, but Brodeur made a diving glove save on the goal line to prevent his tap-in from going into the net. The play was reviewed and videotape didn't help Hartnell.

Carter, whose hit on Anssi Salmela on Monday gave the Devils' defenseman a concussion, tied the game with about 6 minutes left in the second period. Danny Briere sent a cross-ice pass entering the Devils zone and Carter got his 24th of the season with a shot from the left circle.

Devils and U.S. Olympic forward Zach Parise missed his first game of the season with an undisclosed upper-body injury. He expects to play Friday and plans to play in the Vancouver Games.

Notes: The presentation of colors by the Marines was delayed about a minute because the tip of the pole bearing the U.S. flag got caught up in the netting used to protect fans from errant shots. ... Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador appeared to be hit in the face in the first period. He did not return. The team said it was an upper-body injury. ... Claude Giroux assisted on Asham's goal. He has one goal and six assists in six career games against the Devils. ... Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said the team is still awaiting word from an MRI on goalie Ray Emery's hip. ... Jeff Carter was told to go to Vancouver as a potential replacement for Ryan Getzlaf, who has an ankle sprain as Team Canada prepares for the Olympics.


scoring summary
1st Period
00:45
NJD
Travis Zajac (18) Snap shot - ASST: Brian Rolston (13), Mark Fraser (3)
1 - 0 NJD
08:01
NJD
Rob Niedermayer (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Rod Pelley (6)
2 - 0 NJD
08:33
PHI
Arron Asham (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Claude Giroux (22), Braydon Coburn (11)
2 - 1 NJD
2nd Period
13:47
PHI
Jeff Carter (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (18), Scott Hartnell (19)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
03:27
PHI
Simon Gagne (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (26), Chris Pronger (33)
3 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
10:23
PHI
Daniel Briere  Slashing against  Colin White
13:17
NJD
Colin White  Tripping against  Daniel Briere
2nd Period
03:00
NJD
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond  Interference against  Lukas Krajicek
08:27
NJD
Martin Brodeur  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
3rd Period
07:44
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Interference against  Vladimir Zharkov
09:19
PHI
Matthew Carle  Holding the stick against  Vladimir Zharkov
10:48
NJD
Patrik Elias  Hooking against  Kimmo Timonen
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Michael Leighton
SA: 23TOI: 63:27
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .913SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
33-19-3
SA: 15TOI: 63:27
Saves: 12EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
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