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Devils 7, Flyers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 7, Flyers 3
New Jersey Devils 7, Philadelphia Flyers 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -All the New Jersey Devils needed to get their slumping power play going was a low-scoring defenseman.

Johnny Oduya had a goal and three assists and the New Jersey Devils scored five times on the power play in a 7-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The Devils beat Philadelphia for the fifth straight time this season to move into first place in the Atlantic Division.

"It's nice to score," said Oduya, who recorded multiple points for the first time in 117 career games. "I don't get that many points. But I'm more happy for the win in a big game."

Patrik Elias and Zach Parise each had a pair of goals, and Jamie Langenbrunner and Dainius Zubrus also scored for New Jersey.

The Devils equaled the team record for power-play goals and fell one short of the franchise mark. New Jersey had five power-play goals two other times in club history. The club was known as the Colorado Rockies when they scored six power-play goals in an 8-6 win over the Flyers on Feb. 19, 1980.

"We put pucks on net, we directed pucks toward the net, and we had guys around the net," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "We moved the puck well, we got some rebounds, we got some screen shots and we made the most of our opportunities. We created chances by going to the net and we scored some goals in areas we need to score some goals in."

Daniel Briere, Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter had Philadelphia's goals.

The Flyers hadn't lost in regulation in their previous eight games and were 10-1-2 in the last 13. But they hardly looked like a team playing for first place.

"We had a total letdown," coach John Stevens said.

Philadelphia mostly outplayed New Jersey at even strength. The problem was stopping the Devils' suddenly potent power play. New Jersey came in 28th in the NHL with a conversion rate of 14 percent, and was 0-for-15 over the last four games.

With Oduya playing like Wayne Gretzky in his prime, the Devils capitalized on almost every opportunity on the man advantage.

Oduya came in with nine points in 40 games this season. He scored New Jersey's first goal to tie it at 1 and assisted on three of the next four.

"It seems like always we have been struggling on the power play," Oduya said. "I think we played pretty good at times but tonight we got the bounces early on there to get some goals."

Zubrus scored from the slot to give the Devils a 3-2 lead late in the first period. Elias made it 4-2 midway through the second. Oduya set that one up with a perfect, one-handed centering pass.

Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki was pulled for Martin Biron after Parise made it 5-2 with 5:27 left in the second. Niittymaki, who was 6-0-1 in his last seven starts, allowed five goals on 19 shots.

Carter scored with 8 seconds remaining in the second period to get the Flyers within 5-3. But Elias and Parise scored less than a minute apart early in the third period to put the game out of reach.

A feisty first period featured two fights and another scrap involving a few players. Flyers rookie Steve Downie excited the sellout crowd when he bloodied David Clarkson's left eye in the second fight in a three-minute span.

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur looked shaky early, but finished with 24 saves.

"It's kind of like a wake-up call, lets us know we have a long way to go if we want to beat that team," Flyers forward Sami Kapanen said.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:53
PHI
PPG - Daniel Briere (20) ASST: Mike Richards (33), Mike Knuble (15)
1 - 0 PHI
06:10
NJD
PPG - Johnny Oduya (2) ASST: Paul Martin (15), Travis Zajac (13)
1 - 1 Tie
07:45
PHI
Mike Knuble (15) ASST: Scottie Upshall (8), Braydon Coburn (18)
2 - 1 PHI
14:19
NJD
PPG - Jamie Langenbrunner (7) ASST: Paul Martin (16), Johnny Oduya (9)
2 - 2 Tie
17:44
NJD
PPG - Dainius Zubrus (8) ASST: Patrik Elias (16), Brian Gionta (19)
3 - 2 NJD
2nd Period
10:01
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (11) ASST: Johnny Oduya (10)
4 - 2 NJD
14:33
NJD
PPG - Zach Parise (17) ASST: Travis Zajac (14), Johnny Oduya (11)
5 - 2 NJD
19:52
PHI
PPG - Jeff Carter (18) ASST: Randy Jones (19), Mike Richards (34)
5 - 3 NJD
3rd Period
00:32
NJD
Zach Parise (18) ASST: Travis Zajac (15), Jamie Langenbrunner (18)
6 - 3 NJD
01:29
NJD
Patrik Elias (12) ASST: David Clarkson (8), Karel Rachunek (8)
7 - 3 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
02:48
NJD
Mike Rupp  Too many men/ice - bench
04:48
PHI
Jeff Carter  Interference against  Patrik Elias
12:28
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Holding against  Mike Mottau
14:37
PHI
Riley Cote  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
14:37
NJD
Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  Riley Cote
16:25
PHI
Steve Downie  Fighting (maj) against  David Clarkson
16:25
NJD
David Clarkson  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Downie
17:12
PHI
Daniel Briere  Interference against  Brian Gionta
18:10
NJD
Vitaly Vishnevski  Cross checking against  R.J. Umberger
18:53
NJD
Karel Rachunek  Roughing against  Simon Gagne
18:53
NJD
Karel Rachunek  Elbowing against  Simon Gagne
18:53
PHI
Mike Knuble  Roughing against  Karel Rachunek
2nd Period
02:46
NJD
Johnny Oduya  Tripping against  Jim Dowd
09:09
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Slashing against  Jamie Langenbrunner
10:59
PHI
Jim Dowd  Slashing against  Rod Pelley
14:08
PHI
Jason Smith  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:59
PHI
Simon Gagne  Roughing against  Karel Rachunek
18:05
NJD
Vitaly Vishnevski  Hi-sticking against  Steve Downie
3rd Period
11:34
NJD
David Clarkson  Elbowing against  Scott Hartnell
11:34
NJD
Dainius Zubrus  Roughing against  Steve Downie
11:34
PHI
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Dainius Zubrus
14:31
PHI
Mike Knuble  Roughing against  Rod Pelley
14:31
PHI
Jim Vandermeer  Roughing against  Rod Pelley
14:31
NJD
Rod Pelley  Roughing against  Mike Knuble
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 20TOI: 34:33
Saves: 15EV: 10 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 10
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Martin Biron
SA: 16TOI: 25:27
Saves: 14EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0