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Devils Stage Late Comeback to Beat Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
East Rutherford, NJ - Martin Brodeur stopped all three attempts in the shootout and Sergei Brylin scored the only goal to give the New Jersey Devils a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game on Thursday night.

Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice and Scott Gomez and Mike Rupp once for New Jersey, which rallied from a 4-1 second-period deficit to force the shootout. Brodeur finished with 26 saves and got the benefit of two goalposts for the Devils (3-3).

Peter Forsberg had three assists and Simon Gagne scored twice for the Flyers. Geoff Sanderson and Mike Knuble also scored.

Robert Esche made 26 saves for Philadelphia (1-5), which lost its fourth straight game.

Brodeur stopped Sanderson with his blocker on the first shootout attempt. Jeff Carter missed the net on the second and Forsberg got off a weak shot on the third.

Brylin scored on the Devils'' second shot, beating Esche with a backhander. Esche had stopped Gomez on the first attempt.

Down 4-1 late in the second period, Langenbrunner started the Devils'' comeback by taking a pass from Travis Zajac and beating Esche.

Gomez narrowed the gap to a goal with a power-play tally 40 seconds into the third period and Rupp tied the game at 4-all, putting in his own rebound with 9:50 to go in regulation.

Forsberg had set up three straight goals after Langenbrunner tied the game at 1-all early in the second period.

With the Flyers enjoying a two-man advantage, Forsberg found Knuble between the circles for a 2-1 lead at 6:25.

Gagne got the other two goals in a 2:37 span.
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