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December 02, 2002
Game 22: Devils Beat Flyers, 1-0 in OT!

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Flyers, 1-0 in OT in Phildelphia on Monday, December 2, 2002.   Martin Brodeur recorded the 57th shutout of his career.

    There was no scoring but plenty of action in the first period.   There were a lot of big hits, but the story of the period was the altercation that took place near its' end.

    Scott Niedermayer was hit from behind by Keith Primeau with just 25 seconds left in the period.   Luckily Niedermayer wasn't seriously injured - if he had been the referees would have likely made the correct call and thrown Primeau out of the game (with a boarding and a misconduct).   Instead, Niedermayer gave Primeau a "face wash", and Colin White interceded.   White held Primeau, while Niedermayer gave Primeau a few punches to the mellon.

    Primeau received Cross Checking and Roughing minors.   Niedermayer took a Roughing minor; but Colin White received a Game Misconduct in addition to a Roughing minor.   As a results, there was no power-play for either team, but the Devils lost Colin White for the remainder of the game.

    The first period ended with the game tied, 0-0.   The Devils outshot the Flyers, 7-5 in the period.

    The second period ended with the game still scoreless.   The Flyers outshot the Devils 9-6 in the period.

    Jamie Langenbrunner engaged Jeremy Roenick 4:01 into the third period, after Roenick put a questionable hit on Oleg Tverdovsky.   Apparently, since Langenbrunner dropped his gloves half a second before Roenick did, he received an extra two-minutes for "Instigating".   He also received a Misconduct penalty, so he was tossed for the rest of the third period.

    Regulation time ended with the game still scoreless.   The Flyers outshot the Devils 11-9 in the third.

    There were a number of great scoring chances for both teams in the overtime period, with the best chance coming from Simon Gagne 2:34 in.   Brodeur had to make a remarkable save to keep the puck out of the net.   On the next Devils possesion, Patrik Elias fed Brian Gionta who made a great move to beat Seidenberg and put the puck past Roman Cechmanek at 2:51 to win the game.   Brian Rafalski also assisted on Gionta's 5th goal of the season.

    The Devils managed to get 7 out of 8 possible points on the four game road trip - though two of the games were decided in overtime - and all three were one goal games.

    The teams will meet again on January 30, February 18, and March 17, 2003.

    The Devils now lead the lifetime series, 58-52-13-0 - though trail 24-32-8-0 in Philadelphia.


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