Philadelphia at New Jersey

    Devils 3, Flyers 2


    NEWARK, N.J. -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored the go-ahead goal with 2:19 remaining and the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday 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.

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    Scoring Summary
    1st Period
    1:28Jeff Carter - Assists: James van Riemsdyk and Nikolai Zherdev
    8:42Adam Mair - Assists: David Clarkson and Anton Volchenkov
    2nd Period
    15:47Nikolai Zherdev - Assists: Scott Hartnell and Ben Holmstrom
    3rd Period
    14:40Power Play - Travis Zajac - Assists: Jason Arnott and David Clarkson
    17:41Ilya Kovalchuk - Assists: Mattias Tedenby and Matt Taormina
    Penalty Summary
    1st Period
    5:44Claude Giroux: holding - minor
    17:28Mattias Tedenby: tripping - minor
    2nd Period
    13:38Scott Hartnell: interference - minor
    18:43Scott Hartnell: interference - minor
    3rd Period
    4:00Oskars Bartulis: hooking - minor
    7:20Adam Mair: cross-checking - minor
    13:45Ben Holmstrom: tripping - minor
    Shots on Goal
    New Jersey51310-28
    Brian Boucher58:09253
    Martin Brodeur60:00262
    Game Information
    Attendance - 10124
    Referees - Dan O'Rourke, David Banfield
    Linesmen - Brian Murphy, Brad Kovachik
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