New Jersey 5, Philadelphia 3

Friday, February 15, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Philadelphia 6-8-0-1 4-1-0-1 2-7-0-0 L1
New Jersey 9-2-2-1 6-1-1-0 3-1-1-1 W1


Devils 5, Flyers 3:
David Clarkson scored on a tip-in with 9:17 remaining in the third period to snap a tie as host New Jersey erased a two-goal deficit en route to its sixth victory in seven contests.

Travis Zajac ended an 11-game goalless drought and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored in his first game back with the Devils. Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists, Ilya Kovalchuk had three helpers - giving him 799 career points - and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves while recording his 41st career assist for New Jersey.

Wayne Simmonds, Mike Knuble and Matt Read scored in a 2:36 span of the first period for the Flyers, who have lost two of three after a 3-0-1 stretch. Ilya Bryzgalov, who has started 14 of Philadelphia's 15 games, made only 14 saves.

Simmonds slipped a backhander between Brodeur's pads during a power play at 9:27, and after Knuble's wrist shot went in off Stephen Gionta, Devils coach Peter DeBoer called timeout. It didn't stem the tide as Read blasted a one-timer past Brodeur 48 seconds later to make it 3-1 with 7:57 left in the first.

The Devils recorded goals in the opening 40 seconds of each of the first two periods as Zajac scored in the first and Ponikarovsky beat Bryzgalov high to the stick side 26 seconds into the second. Elias ripped a shot past Bryzgalov at 15:40 of the middle session and Clarkson redirected defenseman Adam Larsson's shot for his 10th goal.

GAME NOTEBOOK: RW Steve Bernier added an empty-net goal for New Jersey. ... Zajac also scored on the first shot of the game in New Jersey's 3-0 victory over Philadelphia on Jan. 22. There were 70 penalty minutes in that contest, but only one minor was called on each team Friday. ... Ponikarovsky was acquired Wednesday from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a pair of draft picks.

Top Game Performances

Philadelphia   New Jersey
Claude Giroux 2 Points Patrik Elias 3
Mike Knuble 1 Goals Patrik Elias 1
Claude Giroux 2 Assists Ilya Kovalchuk 3
Wayne Simmonds 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ilya Bryzgalov .778 Save Percentage Martin Brodeur .893
Ilya Bryzgalov 14 Saves Martin Brodeur 25

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Philadelphia 28 3 1-1 1-1 2 29
New Jersey 19 5 0-1 0-1 2 23

Upcoming Games

  • New Jersey will play its next game on the road against NY Islanders. The Devils have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play its next game on the road against Montreal. The Flyers have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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