New York, NY - The New Jersey Devils (10-20-2) were able to put in a solid effort, but were still swept by the score of 2-1 in the home-and-home series against the Philadelphia Flyers (26-10-5) on Saturday afternoon.
Philadelphia were able to tally two quick goals in the first period of play, and was enough offense to surge past the struggling New Jersey squad. The Flyers were able to tally their first goal at the 8:13 mark when James van Riemsdyk (19) tallied a 19 foot wrister, which was set up by Jeff Carter (18) for the 1-0 lead.
Then at the 13:43 mark Devils blue liner Anssi Salmela went into the sin bin to serve a two minute penalty for hooking Darroll Powe of the Flyers. Philadelphia was able to strike for their second goal on that power play opportunity at the 14:14 mark when Danny Briere (21) recorded an eight foot wrister, which was set up by Claude Giroux (20) and Kimmo Timonen (17), to the score 2-0.
New Jersey kept themselves in the game however and were able to cut into the lead at the 8:07 mark of the second period when Andy Greene (3) put in a wicked 58 foot wrister to make the score 2-1. Sadly though for the Devils fans, no other offense could be found as the Flyers skated away with the 2-1 victory.
Both keepers shined in the cage tonight for their teams as Martin Brodeur came in to replace Johan Hedberg, finished the night with 19 saves along with being named to the second star of the game. On the other side of the ice Flyers keeper Brian Boucher finished the night with 34 saves, while being named to the third star of the game.
The Devils will have no time to rest as they head back to Newark to host the Tampa Bay Lighting on Sunday evening for a 5:00 p.m. face-off.Twitter/Statsgirl1495