Newark, N.J. -
The game started off with the sad news that Denis Brodeur, the father of Martin Brodeur, and long time photographer of the Montreal Canadiens had passed away today. Marty did not play tonight because of this horrible news and we wish the best for his family.
The New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers for the second time this week. Cory Schneider played two shutout periods in the 4-1 win tonight.
The Devils unleashed an offensive onslaught in the second period tallying three goals, two of which came 1:07 within each other.
Damien Brunner struck first, tipping in a pass by Ryane Clowe right past the left pad of Flyers goaltender.
One minute and seven seconds later, Steve Bernier received a pass from Andrei Loktionov in the slot and undressed Mason to backhand it into the net. The play started when a scrum happened down in the right corner, Bernier was standing all alone in front of Mason, making the goal easy from there.
Schneider’s work was done after the second, stopping all nine shots he faced, and now saved 79-of-80 shots faced this preseason.
Keith Kinkaid filled in for the third period and let up a shorthanded goal on a breakaway from the stick of Matt Read.
That was it for the Flyers, Michael Ryder would add an empty net goal at 18:33.
The Devils have proved critics wrong so far this preseason, going 4-2 and had a +5 goal differential. The Devils were predicted to finish last in the Metropolitan Division and 15th in the Eastern Conference. Clearly they have not watched Devils hockey in the past 20 years, they should never be counted out.
The Devils play their regular season opener in Pittsburgh on Thursday, October 3rd.
Attendance - 11,789
1st Star - Cory Schneider
2nd Star - Andy Greene
3rd Star - Dainius Zubrus