Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils somehow found their scoring selves as they took on in-division rival the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Devils came out hot with an early goal by Patrik Elias just over two minutes into the game. The Flyers answered seven minutes later when Jakub Voracek scored a power play goal.
But it was all Devils from there. Adam Henrique scored his eighth of the year at 10:21 in the first and then shortly after Ilya Kovalchuk scored short-handed for the Devils. The Devils’ short-handed goal is an NHL best eighth of the season.
The Devils were up by two for the first time since the last time they played the Flyers back on Feb. 15. Then at 6:31 into the second, Andrei Loktionov scored his fourth of the season extending the lead to 4-1.
The Devils put more salt in the wound with with Henrique’s second of the game, on the power play just 1:16 into the third period. The power play was carried over from the second period when Flyers defenseman Bruno Gervais broke the newly established rule of closing the puck in his hand.
The Flyers made it a little less embarrassing for themselves as they scored one more goal towards the end of the third.
Nonetheless, the Devils had a bounce-back game tonight winning in regulation for the first time in 19 days.
Johan Hedberg also got his third win in four games in what was his best game since Martin Brodeur injured his back. It was also his 10th straight start, the most consecutive starts for “Moose” since the 2000-01 season.
The Devils got their 30th and 31st points of the season, but continue to stay seventh in the Eastern Conference.
The Devils take on the Flyers again on Friday, in Philly, for the home-and-home series finale. The Devils have won seven straight against the Flyers, dating back to last years playoffs.
This rivalry win should give the Devils, and Hedberg, some momentum and a bigger ego to climb back up the standings in the East.