Greg Adams and Rick Meagher scored two goals each yesterday in East Rutherford, N.J., to help the New Jersey Devils break a six-game losing streak and beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2.
For Philadelphia, the loss, before a sellout crowd of 19,040 at the Meadowlands Arena, was its third straight, keeping it four points off Washington's Patrick Division pace.
Philadelphia's Lindsay Carson drew a five-minute major penalty for high-sticking Joe Cirella 40 seconds into the game, and the penalty cost the Flyers dearly. Adams scored twice during the Devils' manpower advantage.
At 2:42, Adams' 40-footer got past goalie Pelle Lindbergh, marking the fourth straight game in which he scored a goal. He struck again at 5:27. Phil Russell carried the puck down the left wing and passed cross ice to Adams, whose weak, virtually flubbed, shot trickled past Lindbergh to make it 2-0.
Tim Kerr scored his 48th goal on the first shot of the second period, at 0:30, to pull the Flyers to 2-1. A backhander by Tim Higgins at 7:21 put New Jersey out to 3-1.
Early in the third, Meagher scored consecutive goals to build New Jersey's lead to 5-1. The first was a short-handed score.