GAME: New Jersey Devils (15-5-7-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (17-3-8-1).
The league-leading Philadelphia Flyers look to remain unbeaten on home ice
as they host the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils in the back
end of a home-and-home series.
Philadelphia battled New Jersey to a 3-3 tie at Continental Airlines Arena
on Friday night, rallying from an early two-goal deficit to cap an unbeaten
four-game road trip (1-0-3).
Now, the Flyers return home looking to complete the second-longest home
winning streak in franchise history.
The Flyers have won 11 straight at Wachovia Center, their best run at home
since 1985. Philadelphia won a team record 20 in a row at the Spectrum in 1976.
Sami Kapanen scored a goal and set up two others and Keith Primeau scored
the tying goal with seven minutes to play.
"It was actually a nice reprieve to have back-to-back games with this kind
of intensity during a monotonous 82-game schedule," said Primeau.
"It makes for a lot of excitement. We've been looking forward to both these
games for a couple of weeks. Tonight was a lot of fun."
Donald Brashear also scored for the Flyers, who are 13-1-5 in their last 19
Jay Pandolfo, Scott Niedermayer and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who
are equally impressive of late, going 13-2-5 in their last 20 games.
"It was pretty exciting to play and to watch," said Elias, who staked New
Jersey to a 3-2 lead early in the third period. "It had everything."
Philadelphia leads the second-place Devils by six points in the Atlantic
There is bound to be some bad blood Saturday after a scrum late in overtime
in front of the Devils net. Martin Brodeur made a nice save on Tony Amonte, who
took an extra swipe at the rebound. Brodeur then hit him in the head.
"We needed to have a game like that to have an exciting game tomorrow,"
Brodeur said. "There is going to be carry over. Definitely this is the push to
see who is going to get the series."
STANDINGS: Devils - 37 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Atlantic Division. Flyers -
43 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Devils - Elias, 9 goals, 15 assists and 24 points; Turner
Stevenson, 36 PIM. Flyers - Mark Recchi, 12 goals; Jeremy Roenick, 16 assists
and 26 points; Todd Fedoruk, 61 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 11): Flyers - Power play: 24.1 percent (27 for
112), 2nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 87.4 percent (111 for 127), 3rd. Devils -
Power play: 14.6 percent (15 for 103), 21st. Penalty killing: 89.2 percent (83
for 93), 1st.
GOALTENDERS: Devils - Brodeur (15-5-6, 6 SO, 1.53 GAA); Corey Schwab (0-0-1,
0, 0.92). Flyers - Jeff Hackett (9-2-6, 3, 1.71); Antero Nittymaki (no
SEASON SERIES: Devils, 1-0-1.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 12; Tie, 3-3, OT. At New Jersey, Brodeur stopped 37 of
the 40 shots he faced, but the Flyers rebounded from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Devils - 6-1-4-0 on the road; Flyers - 12-0-2-0 at home.