Originally created 04/17/99

Devils edge Flyers in OT



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Bobby Holik scored his second goal of the game with 1:33 left in overtime Friday night to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The win moved the Devils one point ahead of Ottawa in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference with one game left in the regular season. Both teams finish the regular season Saturday.

Brian Rolston also scored as New Jersey won for the fourth time in five games and extended its dominance of Atlantic Division foes to 15-4-1.

Keith Jones and Mikael Renberg scored for the Flyers, whose three-game (2-0-1) unbeaten streak was snapped. Philadelphia had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force the overtime.

Holik's game-winner was set up when the puck bounced over the stick of Flyers defenseman Chris Therien at the Philadelphia blue line. Holik collected the puck and beat John Vanbiesbrouck between the pads with a shot from the right circle.

Chris Terreri, making a rare start in goal for the Devils, had kept New Jersey in the game with a great glove save on Marc Bureau 45 seconds into the overtime. He finished with 27 saves.

Trailing 2-0 late in the second period, the Flyers tied the game on Jones' unassisted goal and Renberg's 15th of the season.

Jones got his 20th of the season on a shot from the right point with 2:37 left in the second period. Terreri was either screened by Ken Daneyko or the puck deflected off the Devils' defenseman.

Renberg's goal at 6:38 of the third period came just seconds after a penalty to Bureau expired. As he was coming out of the penalty box, the puck jumped over the stick of Brendan Morrison at the right point, setting up an odd-man rush on which Rod Brind'Amour fed Renberg right in front.

Rolston had given the Devils a 1-0 lead at 12:47 of the first period with a slapshot from just a stride inside the blue line. It was his 23rd goal of the season and fourth in five games.

Holik extended the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 10:44 of the second period. Lyle Odelein, who had started the rush on Rolston's goal, rolled the puck into the crease and Holik tapped in the rebound of shot by Randy McKay for his 25th goal.