Kovalchuk’s goal lifts Devils over Flyers 3-2
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
Jeff Carter and Nikolai Zherdev scored for the Flyers
Brian Boucher, who could play a major early-season role because
of the injury to Flyers No. 1 goalie Michael Leighton, made 25
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