Ilya Bryzgalov continued his tremendous run by stopping all 17 shots he faced to post his third consecutive shutout, while Jakub Voracek and Danny Briere each recorded a goal and an assist during the third period, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The colorful goaltender posted his third consecutive shutout and fourth in the last five starts, and ran his amazing scoreless streak to 196:13.
Tuesday's game became a straight-up battle for the fifth-overall spot in the Eastern Conference standings, as the two came into the contest tied with 85 points apiece.
After New Jersey defeated the Flyers, 4-1 on Sunday to stop a five-game winning streak, Philadelphia returned the favor in the back end of the home-and-home series by snapping the Devils' four-game winning streak.
Following a scoreless first period in which New Jersey outshot the Flyers 8-7, Philadelphia was able to finally generate quality offensive chances and opened the scoring in the second. As a matter of fact, the Orange-and-Black tilted the ice in their favor to the tune of outshooting the Devils 22-9 over the final two frames.
Just past the midway part of regulation, rookie Sean Couturier was able to find the puck through a maze of legs at the New Jersey crease and ram home a Braydon Coburn rebound past Devils' starter Martin Brodeur and into the Devils' net for his 12th goal of the season at the 11:07 mark.
The Flyers added to their lead early in the third period, when Jakub Voracek, in his first game back after being knocked out by a massive hit from Detroit's Niklas Kronwall last Tuesday, chipped a backhander through traffic in front of the New Jersey crease for his 13th goal of the season, and a 2-0 Philly advantage.
Voracek would help one of his struggling teammates get on the board, as he dished off to Briere -- who had not scored a goal in the last 24 games -- with Brodeur on the bench and pulled for an extra attacker. The Devils' tactic backfired in the form of Briere's 14th goal of the year with 4:49 remaining to set the Flyers' final margin of victory.
But the big story was Bryzgalov, who has now stopped 145 of the last 147 shots he's faced, and has been named the game's First Star in the last five in which he has appeared. The red-hot Russian improved his regular season record to 28-13-6.
Brodeur made 26 saves but suffered the defeat, and dropped to 25-18-3.