New York, NY - In the Bill Murray movie ‘Groundhog Day,’ the star had to live the same day over and over again until he learned his life lesson. This is what the New Jersey Devils (10-28-2) must feel like every time they hit the loss, including their most recent 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers (25-10-5) on Thursday night.
On the night that Jamie Langenbrunner did not play with the team, the speculation being that the winger was traded away. It was on March 19, 2002 Langenbrunner was picked up by New Jersey from Dallas, helped the team win a Stanley Cup.
New Jersey was able to get the 1-0 lead at the 11:37 mark when Dainius Zubrus (5) was able to tally a 12 foot tip-in which was assisted by Anton Volchenkov (2) and Patrik Elias (19) for the lead. For Zubrus he was able to snap a 10-game drought with this goal
Philadelphia was able to notch the game up at the 15:46 mark of the second period. Scott Hartnell (11) was able to record a 25 foot backhander, which was set up by Ville Leino and Matt Carle to make the score 1-1. The Devils were able to tally their second goal of the game when David Clarkson (5) snapped a 17-game drought , by tallying a 29 foot snap shot, which was assisted by Andy Greene (10) at the 17:40 mark.
Clarkson who was able to tally a 29 foot snap shot which assisted by Andy Greene (10) to give New Jersey the 2-1 lead. Hartnell was able to tally his second goal of the game on a 12 foot wrister at the 18:54 mark of that frame, to notch the two teams up for the second time of the game.
With his second goal of the game Hartnell (12) he was able to record his 19th career two goal game, setting up that chance was Ville Leino (19) and Kimmo Timonen.(16). The Flyers would add on to their lead by two goals for Danny Briere.
Briere was able to notch his first goal of the game at the 2:48 mark of the third period . The center (19) was set up by Leino(20) and Matt Carle (19) to give the Flyers the 3-2 lead. The second goal would ice the victory for the Flyers at the 11:34 mark, as Briere (20) was able to get a eight foot tip-in to bounce off blue liner Colin White’s leg, and past Devils keeper Johan Hedberg. Along with icing the victory Briere was also able to record his 35th two goal game.
Brian Boucher continues to be solid in the cage for the Flyers making 18 saves, while Johan Hedberg made 16 saves in a tough effort for the Devils.
There was no official word on the trade of Langenbrunner, this trade just shows you how desperate and the exact state of the Devils. Trading away someone like Langenbrunner is the exact reason the Devils are the team they are right now. They have traded away all of their young talent, and will continue to live in this ‘Groundhog Day,’ until someone within the organization realizes the mistakes they are making.
New Jersey will now travel to Philadelphia to complete the home-and-home series with the Flyers. The series will face-off at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Twitter/Statsgirl1495