PHILADELPHIA – Mike Knuble and Patrick Sharp scored in the second period to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

The Flyers had lost four consecutive home games after winning nine in a row at the Wachovia Center. They won their second straight overall for the first time since a six-game winning streak ended in early November.

Last in the NHL in penalty killing, the Flyers denied the Devils during a pair of 5-on-3 advantages in the second period. New Jersey went 0-for-4 on power-play chances in the second.

As soon as Philadelphia got back to even strength, it started scoring.

The Flyers snapped a scoreless tie when Knuble knocked the puck past Martin Brodeur for his 12th goal of the year. Nearly 31/2 minutes later, Sharp sneaked around the net and flicked the puck past a leaning Brodeur on the right side for his fifth goal and a 2-0 lead.

Brodeur made 31 saves. He was outstanding late in the third, stopping several direct shots when the Flyers skated with a two-man advantage.

Knuble’s 12 goals leave him behind only NHL leader Simon Gagne (23) on the Flyers. Gagne did not have a point.

Tuomas Pihlman pulled the Devils to 2-1 early in the third period when he knocked in his first goal of the year. Sean Brown had the assist.

Robert Esche stopped 30 shots for the Flyers.

Both teams were playing their second game in two days. Philadelphia was coming off a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders, while the Devils beat Boston 3-2 Tuesday. The Devils had their season-high three-game winning streak snapped.

Notes: Flyers C Peter Forsberg missed his third straight game with a groin injury. If Forsberg feels better at practice Thursday, he could play Saturday at Nashville. … The Flyers recalled LW Ben Eager from their AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. Eager got an assist and his first career point on Sharp’s goal. … Ken Hitchcock became the seventh coach in Flyers history to win 100 career games. … Pro golfer Sean O’Hair was at the game. … The Flyers had another sellout crowd, giving them 14 in 15 games.

AP-ES-11-30-05 2220EST


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