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New Jersey Buck the Odds with Flyers Win

As previously reported on this website, last weekend saw a top-versus-bottom clash in the National Hockey League that could have only possibly ended in victory for the mid-season pace-setters – or so we thought.

However, clearly the New Jersey Devils hadn’t read the script as the basement-dwelling Atlantic division side crashed the party at the Wells Fargo Center to score twice in the first period and grab a deserved 3-1 win.

In the end, good goal-tending proved to be the clincher as Johan Hedberg in the New Jersey net made 26 saves to provide his sign with a solid platform on which to launch their newly-rejuvenated offense and take the game to their hosts.

It was Patrik Elias who proved the focal point to the visitors’ attack as he scored twice in the game, first doubling the Devils lead in the first period and then rounding-off the scoring by slotting into an empty net in the game’s dying seconds as Philly pressed.

Henrik Tallinder opened the scoring for the beleaguered Devils and they duly went into the first break two goals to the good after Elias scored, though the Flyers did pull one back in the second period when James van Riemsdyk struck to halve the deficit.

Nevertheless, a game-clinching second from Elias in the last minute of play made sure that the points were safe, meaning that the Devils scored their third consecutive win while Philadelphia slipped to their seventh home defeat of the season so far.

Since that game, both sides have been in action again with Philadelphia holding onto their lead at the top of the table courtesy of a 4-1 defeat of the Chicago Blackhawks, while New Jersey – who still remain bottom – have now made it four wins on the spin after beating the Florida Panthers 5-2 at home.
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