Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Brodeur Too Much for Flyers

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Brodeur Too Much for Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Devils finally scored a goal.

And one would have been enough Thursday night against the offensively inept Philadelphia Flyers.

Then came the unexpected bonus of another one from tough guy Cam Janssen.

That was plenty for goaltender Martin Brodeur, who made 22 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

It was his first shutout of the season and the 122nd of the 41- year-old Brodeur's career, increasing his NHL record total. He's shut out the Flyers 12 times in 90 career regular-season games against them.

The Devils got a deflection goal from one player they expect to score -- Adam Henrique. Then they got a second from one they didn't - - Janssen.

The Devils recalled Janssen on Wednesday for his physical play and energy and got rewarded with his fourth career goal in 314 NHL games.

Jaromir Jagr added an empty netter with 1.6 seconds left.

The bad news was rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas, who was impressive again, limped off with 9:07 remaining after taking a Scott Hartnell shot off his foot. He did not return.

The Devils were shut out in their previous two games -- a 1-0 loss to the Flyers last Saturday and a 4-0 defeat in Minnesota on Sunday -- and entered the night with a goal drought of 149 minutes and six seconds. The Flyers have scored a league-low 22 goals in 15 games.

The Devils ended their drought quickly with Henrique's deflection 1:57 into the game.

Michael Ryder fed Gelinas for a slap shot from the left point that Henrique got his stick blade on between the circles and deflected past Flyers backup goaltender Ray Emery.

The goal originally was credited to Gelinas, but the official scoring later was changed to give Henrique with his team-leading fifth of the season.

That ended the Devils' goal drought at 151 minutes and three seconds, dating from Jagr's goal 10:54 into the second period of the Oct. 29 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Like the Devils' loss to the Flyers six days ago, Thursday's game didn't feature a lot of exciting action.

The shots were 8-8 in the first period, but Brodeur didn't have to make many tough saves.

The Flyers received the game's first power play when defenseman Adam Larsson was sent off for holding Hartnell 4:12 into the first period. …

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