Devils attempt to bounce back against Flyers

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New Jersey (5-2-0) at Philadelphia (1-3-3), 4:00 pm EDT

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- An explosive offensive performance gave

the Philadelphia Flyers their first win of the season and their

Atlantic Division rival a harsh wake-up call.

The Flyers look to post their second consecutive win over the

New Jersey Devils in the finale of a home-and-home series on

Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

The game originally was slated to take place in the evening but

was moved up to clear the stage in the City of Brotherly Love

for the Phillies, who host the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Three of

the World Series at Citizens Bank Park in prime time. The

best-of-seven series is even at one game apiece.

Captain Mike Richards set up four goals, including Scott

Hartnell's go-ahead tally late in the second period, as the

Flyers cruised to a 6-3 victory on Friday - their first win in

New Jersey since March 9, 2004.

After allowing just nine goals over their first six games, the

Devils found out how vulnerable their defense can be. It did

not help matters when captain Jamie Langenbrunner left the game

with a lower body injury, possibly joining Brian Rolston and

Bobby Holik on the shelf.

Not only did the Flyers win, they did it just hours after

receiving the news that star center Daniel Briere would be

sidelined up to a month with a torn abdominal muscle that will

have to be surgically repaired. Losing a 31-goal scorer dented

their offensive scheme, but they found a way forge a tie with

the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres for the most goals in

the Eastern Conference (26).

Philadelphia - which has netted 13 of its goals this season in

the second period - has tallied 16 times over its past three

games, during which it is 1-0-2. Simon Gagne has a recorded at

least a point in each of the six games in which he has played,

while Jeff Carter has scored a goal in five of his last six


Such production should provide another ample test for Martin

Brodeur, who made 22 saves on Friday but let a 3-2 lead slip

away. Courtesy of his worst outing of the season, he remained

eight wins behind Hall of Famer Patrick Roy (551) for first

place on the all-time list.

According to the Bergen Record, coach Brent Sutter will start

Brodeur in goal again despite expressing thoughts of giving

backup Kevin Weekes his first chance of the season.

In eight meetings with the Devils last season, the Flyers went

2-5-1, including a 2-2-0 record at home. Philadelphia is

91-78-24 all time against the New Jersey franchise, including a

57-27-13 mark in 97 games at home.



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