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April 08, 2004
Round 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 that goal.

    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 series.

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