Jan 072011
Flyers forward Scott Hartnell

Flyers forward Scott Hartnell

January 7 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The Flyers had to huff and puff, but they finally wore down the sad-sack New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at the Prudential Center.

They overcame two deficits and rallied past the Devils, 4-2, before a sparse but loud crowd.

Danny Briere deposited two goals and snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period, Scott Hartnell scored two goals, and Ville Leino had a career-high three assists as the Flyers handed New Jersey its ninth loss in its last 10 games.

“They’ve been so good for so long – and beating up on teams for so long – so it’s kind of nice to give it back to them a little bit,” said Briere, who had a finger stitched after it was cut by Andy Greene’s second-period slash.

The Devils are 1-6 since Jacques Lemaire replaced John MacLean as their head coach.

“I still have a hard time grasping that they’re in last place,” said goalie Brian Boucher, who made 18 saves and notched the win. “And we certainly don’t take them lightly. We had to work for these two points.”

In his last 10 starts, Boucher is 8-1-1 with a 2.07 goals-against average.

Five seconds after a Flyers power play expired, Briere took a slick feed from Leino and scored from the low slot, beating Johan Hedberg to the glove side with 17 minutes, 12 seconds left in the game. That gave the Flyers the lead for good at 3-2.

Briere sealed it when his cross attempt to Hartnell deflected off the skate of defenseman Colin White and past Hedberg, putting the Flyers ahead, 4-2, with 8:26 left. It was Briere’s 20th goal, tops on the team.”

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