Final SO

Series (Game 4 of 8)

New Jersey leads 5-3

Game 1: Friday, October 7th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 30th
Game 3: Monday, January 9th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 1st
Game 5: Tuesday, March 21st
Game 6: Saturday, April 1st
Game 7: Thursday, April 13th
Game 8: Sunday, April 16th

Flyers 1

(33-16-10, 76 pts)

Devils 2

(31-22-6, 68 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 1, 2006

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 SO T
PHI 0 1 0 01
NJ 1 0 0 12

M. Brodeur (Devils - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .963

R. Esche (Flyers - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .969

B. Gionta (Devils - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Philadelphia (33-16-9) at New Jersey (30-22-6) 7:30 pm EST

Philadelphia (33-16-9) at New Jersey (30-22-6) 7:30 pm EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- February was an up-and-down month for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers hope to rebound from a poor stretch when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday for an Atlantic Division showdown.

Philadelphia dropped four of six games in February to fall three points behind the first-place New York Rangers, but the team's problems extended even further.

Leading scorer Peter Forsberg missed the last five contests with a groin injury, while top goal scorer Simon Gagne suffered a bone bruise during the Olympics and will miss at least a week. In addition, the Flyers announced during the layoff that former captain Keith Primeau will miss the remainder of the season with post-concussion symptoms.

Forsberg returned in the Olympics and helped lead Sweden to the gold medal. However, rookie goaltender Antero Niittymaki stole the show for Finland, leading his country to the silver medal and earning tournament MVP honors.

Robert Esche will be in net for the Flyers on Wednesday as he tries to lead the team to just its fourth win in the last 10 games. Philadelphia closed out the first part of the season with a 3-2 loss to Ottawa on February 11 despite Gagne's 37th goal of the campaign.

Meanwhile, New Jersey has posted a 14-4-1 record in 2006 behind two-time reigning Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur, who has played every game in that stretch and recorded a 1.92 goals-against average and five shutouts.

The Devils' last game prior to the break was a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on February 11 despite Brodeur's 30 saves and Sergei Brylin's 19th goal of the season.