The Philadelphia Flyers won their 10th straight game today when Ron Sutter broke a 3-3 tie with 2:20 left in the third period of a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
The Flyers increased their lead to eight points over second-place Washington in the Patrick Division. Their winning streak, longest in the league this season, ties the team record set in 1982-83.
Philadelphia's Dave Poulin scored twice in the last period, his 28th goal tying the game, 3-3, at 9:55. His 29th went into an empty net at 19:13.
Sutter's game-winner, his 16th goal this season, was a 10-foot backhand from the slot. Murray Craven had started the play and Brian Propp set up the goal.
Poulin tied it with his shot from just in front of goalie Chico Resch. He'd been knocked to his knees, but had regained his balance.
John MacLean had put New Jersey ahead, 3-2, at 6:34 of the third period when he took Greg Adams' across-the-slot pass and punched a backhander eight feet into the open side of the net.
Each team scored once in each of the first two periods.
Puls Gange's power play score at 14:48 gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead; he hit from eight feet out in the slot, after Uli Hiemer had walked in from the blueline. Ilkka Sinisalo countered at 19:35.