Series (Game 5 of 6)

Philadelphia leads 3-2

Game 1: Thursday, October 30th
Game 2: Friday, December 12th
Game 3: Saturday, December 13th
Game 4: Tuesday, February 10th
Game 5: Tuesday, March 9th
Game 6: Saturday, March 13th

Flyers 3

(36-17-6, 90 pts)

Devils 1

(35-21-2, 83 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 9, 2004

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 T
PHI 1 1 13
NJ 0 0 11

J. LeClair (Flyers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

M. Recchi (Flyers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

S. Niedermayer (Devils - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Philadelphia (35-17-12-6) at New Jersey (35-20-11-2) 7:30 pm EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils return from a five-game road trip and try to move closer to first place in the Atlantic Division when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The Devils went 2-2-0-1 on their trip and trail the first-place Flyers by five points. On Saturday, John Madden had a goal and an assist and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves as the Devils ended the trek with a 4-1 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes. Madden has scored in consecutive games for the first time since November 25-26.

Devils right wing Brian Gionta sat out Saturday's game after taking a shot to the face in Friday's loss at Tampa Bay. Former Flyers center Jan Hrdina, who was acquired from Phoenix for right wing Mike Rupp and a draft pick on Friday, logged just under 16 1/2 minutes against Carolina.

The Flyers made a pair of deals Monday. They sent Chris Therien to Dallas for a pair of draft picks and acquired fellow defenseman Vladimir Malakhov from the New York Rangers for right wing Rick Kozak and a second-round pick in the 2005 draft. Malakhov had three goals and 15 assists in 56 games for the Rangers.

Philadelphia, which is without defensemen Marcus Ragnarsson, Dennis Seidenberg and Eric Desjardins as well as centers Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau, is 2-2-1-1 in its last six contests. Both centers skated Monday and Roenick could play Tuesday.

The Flyers had won consecutive games before Saturday's 2-1 loss at Washington. Michal Handzus scored a shorthanded goal with 26 seconds remaining. Former Devil Sean Burke made 18 saves and fell to 14-20-6.

Flyers defenseman Danny Markov is expected to return Tuesday after serving a one-game suspension Saturday.

The Devils were 2-0-1 vs. the Flyers before Philadelphia recorded a 4-1 home win on February 10. Rookie Antero Niittymaki made 35 saves in that contest for his third straight win, but has not started since.

The teams meet again Saturday in Philadelphia.