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Flyers stop Devils' record charge on road

THE Philadelphia Flyers denied the New Jersey Devils a chance to tie a record road winning streak with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the in-form visitors on Monday.

James van Riemsdyk scored the decisive third goal in the final period to ensure the Flyers snapped New Jersey's eight-game winning streak overall and halted a run of nine successive road victories for the Devils (14-5-0).

"Well, it (was) going to happen one day," New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire told reporters. "The thing with this is that you have to bounce back and get focused on the next game ad try to win it."

Entering the contest brimming with confidence, the Devils needed one more victory to tie the NHL record for most consecutive road wins to start a season set by the Buffalo Sabres, who registered 10 in a row in 2006. However, Philadelphia (11-5-1) is also a team in good form and its sixth victory in seven games was set up by Darroll Powe and Scott Hartnell's goals in the opening two periods.

Devils winger David Clarkson reduced the deficit to 1-2 with a wrist shot late in the second and after rookie Van Riemsdyk had restored Philadelphia's two-goal cushion, Zach Parise completed the scoring with one second remaining.

New Jersey native Van Riemsdyk was excited to score past veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur, who finished with 32 saves. "It's pretty cool to get one like that," the 20-year-old Van Riemsdyk said of the season's fifth goal. "(Growing up there was) definitely a time or two thinking about that, stick-handling on the driveway with my brother and you always kind of relive scoring goals against guys like that."


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