EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Sergei Brylin doesn't want to leave
New Jersey and he gave Devils president Lou Lamoriello another
reason to keep him on Thursday night.
Brylin scored the only goal in a shootout and Martin Brodeur
stopped all three Philadelphia attempts to give the Devils a 5-4
victory over the Flyers in a preseason game on Thursday night.
With the Devils over the NHL salary cap and the season opener
about a week away, Lamoriello is going to have to make some moves
to reduce his payroll. Brylin, who has been a member of all three
Stanley Cup championship teams in New Jersey and makes $1.5
million, is among those rumored to be on the trading block.
"I have been here a long time and been through these things
before," Brylin said. "This is a great place to play hockey. My
family loves it here, but I can't do anything about it. The only
thing I can control is my game. Whatever happens is going to
happen. I am trying not to think about it."
Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice and Scott Gomez and Mike Rupp
once for New Jersey, which rallied from a 4-1 second-period deficit
to force the shootout. Brodeur finished with 26 saves and got the
benefit of two goalposts for the Devils (3-3).
Robert Esche made 26 saves for Philadelphia (1-5).
Brodeur stopped Sanderson with his blocker on the first shootout
attempt. Jeff Carter missed the net on the second and Forsberg got
off a weak shot on the third.
Brylin scored on the Devils' second shot, beating Esche with a
"I don't think I do anything special," Brylin said of his
attempt. "I try to find the opening. I guess the backhander was
Esche had stopped Gomez on the first attempt.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Flyers and coach Ken
Hitchcock was concerned.
"We playing pretty good and then when it seems to be on the
line, as it was today, we're the team making the mistakes. That's
something you have to correct."
Down 4-1 late in the second period, Langenbrunner started the
Devils' comeback by taking a pass from Travis Zajac and beating
Gomez narrowed the gap to a goal with a power-play tally 40
seconds into the third period and Rupp tied the game at 4-all,
putting in his own rebound with 9:50 to go in regulation.
Forsberg had set up three straight goals after Langenbrunner
tied the game at 1-all early in the second period.
With the Flyers enjoying a two-man advantage, Forsberg found
Knuble between the circles for a 2-1 lead at 6:25.
Gagne got the other two goals in a 2:37 span. Using Forsberg as
a decoy, he beat Brodeur from above the right circle for a 3-1
edge. He then scored from between the circles for his fourth goal
of the preseason.
"You're not supposed to blow a 4-1 lead, especially here in
Jersey," Gagne said. "We had the game in hand. It's not
acceptable to the guys in the locker room. Our team didn't do the
job. It's unacceptable."