April 08, 2004Round 1 Game 1: Devils Rally Not Enough, Flyers Win 3-2
The New Jersey Devils were defeated 3-2, by the
Flyers in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 8,
2004. The Devils rallied, scoring 2 goals 35 seconds apart after being
down by 3 goals early in the third period, but were unable to tie the game.
The Flyers victory gave them a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference
Quarter Finals matchup.
Simon Gagne beat Martin Brodeur 10:19 into the first period to
give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Gagne's goal was assisted by Sami Kapanen
and Keith Primeau.
The first period ended with the Flyers leading the Devils, 1-0.
The Devils outshot the Flyers 13-11 in the period.
Jeremy Roenick beat Brodeur on the power-play at 3:55 of the
second period to increase the Flyers lead to 2-0. Alexei Zhamnov and
Kim Johnsson assisted on the goal. Brodeur had lost his goal stick, and
was playing with defensman Raymond Giroux's stick.
The Devils outshot the Flyers 15-9 in the second period, however
were unable to put the puck past Philadelphia netminder, Robert Esche.
Keith Primeau made it a 3-0 Flyers lead by beating Brodeur 3:31
into the third period. Kim Johnsson got his second assist of the game on
Patrik Elias blasted the puck through Esche just 22 seconds after
Primeau's goal to get the Devils on the board. Brian Gionta and Scott
Gomez assisted on Elias' first goal of the playoffs.
35 seconds after Elias' goal, Jan Hrdina took a rebound and put
it behind Esche to cut the Flyers lead to one goal at 4:28 of the third
period. Hrdina's first goal of the playoffs was assisted by Jamie
Langenbrunner and Erik Rasmussen.
The Devils were unable to beat Esche again before time ran out -
the game ended with the Flyers winning, 3-2. The Devils outshot the
Flyers 11-6 in the third period and 39-26 in the game.
Tommy Albelin, David Hale, Jiri Bicek, and Igor Larionov were
healthy scratches. Paul Martin and Raymond Giroux made their first
NHL playoff appearances.
Scott Niedermayer led all skaters with 28:23 of ice-time and
Jamie Langenbrunner led the shots category, with 6, including 3 in the third
period. Scott Gomez was impressive on faceoffs, winning 15 of 20.
The Devils & Flyers have met twice in the playoffs (1995 & 2000)
- both times were in the Conference Finals, and both times the Devils
advanced to win the Stanley Cup. The Devils won 6 of 7 games on the
road, while Flyers won 4 of 6 games played in New Jersey in those
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