Devils 3, Flyers 0: Martin Brodeur recorded his 120th career shutout by turning aside all 24 shots he faced and Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a penalty shot as host New Jersey handed winless Philadelphia its third straight loss.
David Clarkson and Travis Zajac both scored for the second straight contest for the Devils, who defeated the Flyers in five games during the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season.
The offense was more than enough for Brodeur, who blanked Philadelphia for the 10th time in his career. The future Hall of Famer stopped nine shots in the first period, eight in the second and seven in the third for his first shutout of the season.
Kovalchuk gave New Jersey a 3-0 advantage just 2:44 into the second period after gaining a step on defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who hooked him to the ice. Kovalchuk skated in on the ensuing penalty shot and offered a quick deke on Ilya Bryzgalov before backhanding the puck into the top corner of the net.
Zajac put Philadelphia on its heels just 1:07 into the contest as he settled captain Bryce Salvador's point shot and quickly deposited it past Bryzgalov, who finished with 23 saves.
GAME NOTEBOOK: New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer told the Bergen Record that C Adam Henrique is "a week to 10 days" away from returning to action. Henrique has been unable to shoot the puck as he recovers from surgery on his left thumb. ... The Flyers matched a franchise record by allowing their sixth power-play goal over the first three games of a season. ... Philadelphia was one of three teams last season which did not lose three consecutive games in regulation. St. Louis and Vancouver were the others.