Defenseman Behn Wilson scored on shots of 55 and 65 feet past goaltender Glenn Resch as the Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils, 5-1, last night in Philadelphia. A brawl broke out during the game that ended in the ejection of five players.
Hector Marini and Philadelphia's Glen Cochrane engaged in a fight at 11:29 of the second period, starting a free-for-all in front of the New Jersey bench that resulted in a 20-minute stoppage of the game. Referee Bruce Hood handed out 11 penalties totaling 74 minutes. He ejected Flyers Cochrane, Frank Bathe and Paul Holmgren, along with Devils Don Lever and John Wensink.
Philadelphia led, 2-0, after the first period. Tom Gorence scored at 8:28, and Wilson scored at 19:58 on his 55-footer that ended New Jersey's streak of having killed 21 straight penalties.
Lindsay Carson put Philadelphia ahead, 3-0, 22 seconds into the second period by sending a rebound past Resch. New Jersey pulled within 3-1 at 8:36 when Marini scored on a breakaway after feinting goalie Bob Froese out of position.
Froese, Philadelphia's unbeaten rookie goaltender, won his seventh since making his NHL debut Jan. 8.