Devils Down Flyers to Sustain NHL Title Hopes

Published May 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT



Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias each scored a goal and assisted on another to give New Jersey a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia, Monday to remain alive in the National Hockey League playoffs. 

The beaten Flyers still lead the Devils 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference championship series with game six on Wednesday in New Jersey. The winner will face Colorado or reigning champion Dallas in the Stanley Cup final. 

Jason Arnott and Bobby Holik scored in the first period to put New Jersey ahead for good and the Devils ended their first three-game losing streak in three months. 

New Jersey and Philadelphia have played 11 postseason games against each other and the road team has won nine of them. Both of the Devils' wins in this series have come here, where the Flyers are only 5-4 in the playoffs. 

Martin Brodeur made 20 saves as New Jersey improved to 4-9 when facing elimination. The Devils are trying to become the 16th team in playoff history to win a seven-game series after trailing 3-1. 

Former Devil Valeri Zelepukin's power-play goal -- the first against New Jersey in nearly 11 games -- accounted for the offense for Philadelphia, which fell to 33-24 when able to eliminate an opponent -- PHILADELPHIA (AFP) 


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