The New Jersey Devils came from two goals behind to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 in a high-scoring National Hockey League encounter at the Prudential Center on Friday.
After snatching the lead with a goal from Travis Zajac after just 40 seconds, the Devils gave up three goals in less than three minutes to trail 3-1 at the end of the first period.
Wayne Simmonds tied the scores with a power play goal then Mike Knuble and Matt Read quickly added goals to put the Flyers in front after a 2:36 scoring blitz.
But the Devils (9-2-3) regained their composure, scoring four unanswered goals to cement their position at the top of the Eastern Conference standings while Philadelphia (6-8-1) slipped further behind in the shortened season.
Alexei Ponikarovsky and Patrick Elias both scored in the second period as New Jersey tied it up a 3-3 before David Clarkson scored his 10th goal of the season to put the Devils back in front with 9:17 remaining.
Steve Bernier scored an empty-net goal with 1:36 left on the clock when Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 14 saves, was pulled.
Martin Brodeur made 25 stops for the Devils and recorded his 41st career assist for his help with Ponikarovsky's goal.