December 02, 2002Game 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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