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Brodeur registers 71st shutout

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Martin Brodeur hasn't been this busy in
quite a while.

Brodeur stopped 32 shots to record his 71st shutout, and Grant
Marshall and Mike Rupp scored goals as the New Jersey Devils sent
the Philadelphia Flyers to their first home loss of the season, 2-0
Saturday night.

The Devils extended their unbeaten string to five games (4-0-1)
and moved within four points of the Atlantic Division-leading
Flyers. Philadelphia had won 11 straight home games and was 12-0-2
overall. The Flyers were the last team to lose at home this season.

The teams tied 3-3 on Friday night in New Jersey as the Flyers
outshot the Devils 40-21.

"They threw a lot of shots on the net last night," Brodeur
said. "It was the same type of thing tonight. They got 72 shots in
the two games. It usually takes me four or five games to get
that."

Brodeur, the active leader in career shutouts, earned his
seventh of the season and recorded his NHL-leading 16th victory. It
was his fifth win in a row.

"They (Flyers) did some great stuff but everybody chipped in,"
Brodeur said. "When guys are down, people had to step up and I'm
kind of happy I was able to make saves to keep the guys in the
game. I was able to control my rebounds. (Friday) they were
shooting pucks right at me and I was giving up rebounds right
around me."

Brodeur's best save came late in the third period when he slid
across the ice to deny Joni Pitkanen's shot from inside the left
circle. He also came up big midway through the second when he made
a stick save on Jeremy Roenick's hard shot from the right circle.
Later in the period he stopped back-to-back attempts by Tony
Amonte.

"This was a good challenge for us over the weekend," Brodeur
said. "We're playing real well, getting three points out of four.
They are the best opponent we've had in the last three years in the
Eastern Conference. That's why we bear down and play solid."

Jeff Hackett, who faced 22 New Jersey shots, lost for the first
time in 12 starts (7-1-4). His last defeat was to the Devils on
Oct. 30.

"Close doesn't get us anywhere," Philadelphia captain Keith
Primeau said. "We have to find a way to win games like tonight and
we didn't. They did a better job tonight of getting in shooting
lanes."

Marshall put the Devils ahead at 11:25 of the second period with
his first goal of the season. His slap shot from the left circle
bounced off Pitkanen's stick and trickled under Hackett's right
arm.

"It hit a stick and went straight out," Hackett said. "I was
trying to cover as much area as I could."

Rupp scored on a power play in a scramble near the net with 1:44
left.

"This was probably our best win of the year," New Jersey
captain Scott Stevens said. "It was definitely a good challenge to
knock a team off at home that's been playing real well."

Game notes
New Jersey was without C John Madden and RW Turner
Stevenson. Madden sat out his second straight game after breaking
his nose and getting cuts on his face when he was hit by a puck
against the New York Islanders last Wednesday. Stevenson missed his
third straight game because of a strained groin. ... The Devils had
only one shot in the first period, a season low. ... Philadelphia
is winless in its last four against the Devils at home (0-3-1). The
Flyers last beat the Devils in Philadelphia on Jan. 10, 2002. ...
New Jersey has lost only one of 12 road games (7-1-4). ... The
Flyers outshot the Devils 72-43 in the home-and-home series.