Devils 3, Flyers 2

Ilya Kovalchuk scored the go-ahead goal with 2:19 remaining and

the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday

night for their first preseason win.

Adam Mair and Travis Zajac also scored for the Devils, who had

dropped three in a row – all in overtime or shootouts. They

appeared headed for extra time again until Kovalchuk scored his

third goal in three games. Martin Brodeur stopped 26 shots for the

win.

Jeff Carter and Nikolai Zherdev scored for the Flyers

(3-1-1).

Brian Boucher, who could play a major early-season role because

of the injury to Flyers No. 1 goalie Michael Leighton, made 25

saves.

Carter gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead just 1:28 in when his close-in

pass intended for Zherdev deflected into the net off Brodeur.

Mair countered for New Jersey at 8:42. He reached out to tip

David Clarkson’s centering feed past Boucher.

Zherdev scored the only goal in the second period, giving

Philadelphia a 2-1 lead at 15:47. Scott Hartnell, just back on ice

following an interference penalty, set up Zherdev who corralled his

own rebound. It was the fourth preseason goal in four games for

Zherdev, a free-agent signing who played in Russia last season.

The Devils pulled even at 14:40 of the third when Zajac scored

New Jersey’s first power-play goal of the preseason.

That set the stage for Kovalchuk, who took a lead pass from

Mattias Tedenby, carried wide of a Flyers defender down the left

wing before cutting to the net and tucking the puck past

Boucher.