Henrique, Devils top Flyers after '95 Cup team honored

Mike G. Morreale  - Staff Writer | Monday, 03.09.2015 / 1:13 AM

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils capped a weekend-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of their first Stanley Cup championship by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center on Sunday.

Adam Henrique scored two goals to lead the Devils (28-28-10) to the 5-2 victory. Jacob Josefson, Eric Gelinas and Stephen Gionta each scored a goal, Steve Bernier tied a career-high with three assists, and goaltender Keith Kinkaid, in his first start since Feb. 21, made 25 saves.

The win came on a night the Devils honored players, coaches and managers from their 1995 Cup team, which eliminated Philadelphia from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference Final in six games before sweeping the Detroit Red Wings in the Cup Final.

"To see all the guys come back was special," Henrique said. "They had a great group there and really started that Devils era. It was nice to see [Martin Brodeur] back here and seeing [Scott Stevens] as their leader.

"[Stevens] does a great job teaching us. For us young guys, learning from him you couldn't ask for anything more. He demanded respect from the entire League with the way he played every night. We have to learn how to play like that to get back to that championship caliber."

The pregame ceremony culminated with a speech by Stevens, the three-time Stanley Cup champion and 2000 Conn Smythe Trophy-winning defenseman.

"We were a hardworking team willing to make sacrifices for the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup," said Stevens, who was captain of the 1995 Cup team and is Devils interim co-coach. "That's why this team standing here today will last forever."

New Jersey, which is 9-3-1 in its past 13 games at Prudential Center, including 2-1-0 on its three-game homestand, won three of four in the season series against Philadelphia.

The Devils will go on the road for three games beginning Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. They trail the Boston Bruins by 10 points for the second wild-card spot into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 16 games remaining.

Ryan White and Michael Raffl scored for the Flyers (28-26-13). Steve Mason, who was making his fifth straight start, had 16 saves.

The Flyers, who have lost three of their past four games (1-1-2), will host the Dallas Stars at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. Philadelphia trails Boston by seven points with 15 games remaining.

"We've been in deep trouble all year; since I've been here we've been 13 points back, or something like that," said White, who played his first game with the Flyers on Jan. 27. "We have to stick together as a group and keep chipping away. We only control the games we play. We just have to make sure we're doing that to give ourselves a chance to win."

Josefson broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period when he scored a shorthanded goal at 3:32. Stephen Gionta skated down the right wing and took a shot from the right circle that Mason stopped. Josefson picked up the rebound and scored just inside the right post, his first goal in 13 games.

The Devils were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. They have killed 26 of 27 power-play attempts over the past nine games.

Gelinas gave the Devils a 3-1 lead on a power-play goal late in the second. After getting a pass from Scott Gomez, Gelinas put a shot over Mason's blocker at 18:09.

With the assist, his second of the game, Gomez moved into a tie with Scott Niedermayer for fourth on the Devils' all-time points list with 476. Gomez has 121 goals and 355 assists in seven seasons with New Jersey.

Henrique extended the lead to 4-1 with his second goal of the game 5:31 into the third when he finished a 2-on-0 breakout with Bernier. It was his first two-goal game since March 8, 2014.

After Raffl scored the first shorthanded goal of his career 11:44 into the third to pull the Flyers within 4-2, Sean Couturier made a move past Devils defenseman Damon Severson and had Kinkaid out of position, but he pushed a backhand attempt wide at 13:20.

Gionta then collected a stretch pass from Patrik Elias, broke in 1-on-1 against Mason and scored his fourth goal at 13:31 to make it 5-2.

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said Philadelphia's problem has been its lacked consistency.

"Our compete level; we don't come to play every night," Simmonds said. "You can have a couple off shifts a game but that's the extent of it. You can't be going 20 minutes without playing the right way. Today was awful. No one really played a good game, and we left [Mason] out there to dry, and it killed us."

The Flyers pulled into a 1-1 tie at 7:45 of the first period when White won an offensive-zone draw against Gomez to Luke Schenn at the point. Schenn sent a strong wrist shot on goal that White redirected past Kinkaid for his third goal.

Henrique opened the scoring at 4:49 with his first goal in seven games. Bernier canceled an icing call before Gomez forced Flyers defenseman Mark Streit to turn over the puck in front of Mason. Henrique then picked up the loose puck on his backhand down the slot.

Mason has one road win in 16 games this season. In seven career games against the Devils, he is 0-6-0.

After Stevens addressed the fans to close the pregame ceremony, the 1995 Devils took a lap around the rink before shaking hands with the current New Jersey players. Interim co-coach Lou Lamoriello hopes the Devils take more than handshakes with them from the experience.

"Something I always thought and was reinforced tonight was how important it was to each one of those guys to win and how much they cared about each other," Lamoriello said. "It's a thought process of what can be accomplished if you play as a team and do the little things necessary for each other. Not one player on the 1995 team had ever won a Stanley Cup prior to that season."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:49NJD Adam Henrique (13) ASST: Scott Gomez (20), Steve Bernier (10) 1 - 0 NJD
07:45PHI Ryan White (3) ASST: Luke Schenn (11) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
03:32NJD SHG - Jacob Josefson (4) ASST: Stephen Gionta (7), Andy Greene (15) 2 - 1 NJD
18:09NJD PPG - Eric Gelinas (6) ASST: Scott Gomez (21), Steve Bernier (11) 3 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
05:31NJD Adam Henrique (14) ASST: Steve Bernier (12) 4 - 1 NJD
11:44PHI SHG - Michael Raffl (16) ASST: Ryan White (5), Steve Mason (3) 4 - 2 NJD
13:31NJD Stephen Gionta (4) ASST: Patrik Elias (18), Andy Greene (16) 5 - 2 NJD
Three Stars of the Game
Adam Henrique
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:09
Steve Bernier
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 3Hits: 5
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 13:44
Stephen Gionta
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:36
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:03PHI Carlo Colaiacovo  Boarding against  Peter Harrold
2nd Period
02:51NJD Adam Larsson  Hooking against  Zac Rinaldo
04:34NJD Mark Fraser  Cross checking against  R.J. Umberger
07:26NJD Travis Zajac  Slashing against  Chris VandeVelde
17:42PHI Brandon Manning  Holding against  Stephen Gionta
18:31PHI Ryan White  Tripping against  Andy Greene
3rd Period
10:55PHI Sean Couturier  Hooking against  Travis Zajac
16:42NJD Mark Fraser  Roughing against  Chris VandeVelde
16:42PHI Chris VandeVelde  Roughing against  Mark Fraser
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/4
Faceoff Wins3328
Blocked Shots1114
Penalty Minutes108
10B. SchennC00-20017:36
12M. RafflL1013010:53
14S. CouturierC00-23218:47
17W. SimmondsR00-12017:26
18R. UmbergerC0001011:19
22L. SchennD0110021:04
24M. ReadR0004018:33
25R. WhiteC1112211:44
26C. ColaiacovoD0013220:41
28C. GirouxC00-12016:58
32M. StreitD00-40018:05
36Z. RinaldoC00-12010:07
43B. ManningD0010215:36
47A. MacDonaldD0001020:56
55N. SchultzD00-21020:58
76C. VandeVeldeC00-10213:15
78P. BellemareL00-11013:05
93J. VoracekR00-12014:32
35S. Mason1621.76259:58
5A. LarssonD0011220:24
6A. GreeneD0230022:09
7J. MerrillD0004019:47
8D. ZubrusC0010012:32
10P. HarroldD000009:33
11S. GiontaC1123016:36
14A. HenriqueL2012017:09
15T. RuutuL0002010:11
16J. JosefsonC1013013:28
18S. BernierR0300013:44
19T. ZajacC0002219:05
20J. TootooR0000015:23
21S. GomezC0200014:36
22E. GelinasD10-12016:34
23M. CammalleriL00-10016:50
26P. EliasC0101018:22
28D. SeversonD0010021:02
32M. FraserD0011414:35
1K. Kinkaid2527.92660:00