Philadelphia won 4-1 (Game 2 of 5)

Philadelphia won 4-1

Game 1: Thursday, April 8th
Game 2: Saturday, April 10th
Game 3: Monday, April 12th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 14th
Game 5: Saturday, April 17th

Devils 2


Flyers 3


7:30 PM ET, April 10, 2004

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
NJ 0 1 12
PHI 1 1 13

M. Recchi (Flyers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

K. Primeau (Flyers - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

J. Hrdina (Devils - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

New Jersey at Philadelphia 7:30 pm EDT

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia Flyers hope Robert Esche will again provide a solid performance Saturday night when they host the New Jersey Devils in Game Two of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Flyers edged the Devils by one point for the Atlantic Division title and the East's third seed. But while New Jersey has a proven goaltender in reigning Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur, Philadelpha had a major question mark in Esche, who was winless in his last four decisions (0-3-1) before making 37 saves in Thursday's 3-2 win.

Esche, the Flyers' seventh different starting goaltender in the last 10 seasons, got the nod over 37-year-old former Devil Sean Burke. He was staked to a 3-0 lead as Simon Gagne, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau scored.

The Devils took 39 shots and got goals from Patrik Elias and Jan Hrdina 35 seconds apart in the third. But they went 0-for-4 on the power play.


New Jersey - Elias, 10 goals last 18 games.

Philadelphia - Esche, first playoff win.


New Jersey - Jamie Langenbrunner, one goal in last 14 games.

Philadelphia - John LeClair, one goal in last eight games.

STREAKS: Philadelphia has won the last four games vs. New Jersey.

HISTORY: New Jersey has not dropped the first two games of a series since the 1994 Eastern Conference semifinals vs. Boston; Philadelphia has not won the first two games of a series since the 2000 Eastern Conference quarterfinals vs. Buffalo.


New Jersey - Elias and Hrdina, one goal; Erik Rasmussen, Brian Gionta, Langenbrunner and Scott Gomez, one assist.

Philadelphia - Gagne, Primeau and Roenick, one goal; Kim Johnsson two assists.


New Jersey - Scott Stevens (concussion); Grant Marshall (broken hand).

Philadelphia - Eric Desjardins (arm).