PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adam Henrique scored a power-play goal 2 minutes, 58 seconds into overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Joseph Blandisi scored in regulation for the Devils, who snapped a three-game road losing streak to improve to 7-2-2 in their last 11 games.READ MORE: Commuters Make Backup Plans Ahead Of SEPTA Strike Vote
Shayne Gostisbehere scored for the Flyers to set a club record for rookies with a point in 11 straight games.
After Jakub Voracek was whistled for hooking, the Devils took advantage when John Moore passed to Henrique, whose one-timer beat Michal Neuvirth. The Devils improved to 9-7 in overtime, while Philadelphia dropped to 10-10.
Cory Schneider made 31 saves for the Devils.
The Devils began play two points behind Pittsburgh for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Gostisbehere tied it at 1-all 3 minutes, 49 seconds into the third period when he hammered a one-time slap shot from the point through the screen of a jumping Wayne Simmonds and past Schneider. The power-play goal was the first allowed this month by the Devils, who had killed off the previous 22 chances.
The defenseman broke Mikael Renberg’s franchise mark for rookies while extending the league’s longest active point streak. Gostisbehere has three goals and 11 assists over the last 11 games and 10 goals and 20 assists in 36 games overall this season.READ MORE: Philadelphia Participates In National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
New Jersey had a chance to win it in regulation, but Neuvirth made a good glove save on Travis Zajac’s shot from the slot. And Neuvirth stoned Andy Greene with a sprawling save with 2 1-2 minutes left in overtime before Henrique’s winner.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead on Blandisi’s fourth goal of the season just under seven minutes into the contest when he beat Neuvirth from a tough, short-side angle. The puck went off Neuvirth’s left arm and just over the goal line, something that was confirmed after a review.
Philadelphia, playing its fifth game in seven days, came out flat in the first period and was outshot 8-2.
The Flyers controlled the play in the second period when they outshot New Jersey 15-9, but Schneider made some key stops.
Philadelphia had three good stances during a power play five minutes into the period, the best of which was a follow attempt from Simmonds from close range after Brayden Schenn’s shot was denied by Schneider. Schneider later turned away Claude Giroux’s wrister from in front with just over six minutes left.
Neuvirth, Philadelphia’s backup goalie, made his first start since Jan. 27 and had 22 saves. He missed five games because of a lower body injury during that stretch. Neuvirth got the nod from coach Dave Hakstol because starter Steve Mason is 0-7 in seven career starts against the Devils.
Notes: New Jersey LW Stefan Matteau suffered a facial fracture in practice but won’t need surgery, Devils coach John Hynes said before the game. . The Devils host the Flyers on Tuesday as the teams wrap up their four-game season series. . Both teams play back-to-backs on Sunday, with the Flyers visiting the Rangers and the Devils hosting the Kings. It is the first game of a five-game road trip for Philadelphia, which returns home on Feb. 25.MORE NEWS: 52-Year-Old Shot To Death In Chester, Police Say
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