Mike Richards tallied the game-winner and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped the Devils’ final chance in the fourth round of the shootout as Philadelphia topped New Jersey, 4-3, in the preseason opener for both clubs.
Darroll Powe and Jeff Carter tallied in the first period and Danny Briere notched the game-tying goal in the third period for the Flyers, who are coming off a Stanley Cup appearance.
Michael Leighton played two periods and allowed three goals on 23 shots, while Bobrovsky halted all seven he faced in the third period and overtime. He fended off a shot from Jacob Josefson to lock down the win.
Jamie Langenbrunner and Dainius Zubrus lit the lamp for the Devils, who ended last season with a first-round playoff loss to Philly.
Johan Hedberg yielded two scores on 13 shots in 40 minutes. Mike McKenna finished by allowing one goal on 21 shots, but was credited with the loss.
Briere ripped a long slapshot from the right wing past McKenna to knot the game, 3-3, with 6:16 left in regulation.
Richards tallied to open the fourth round with a slick backhander inside the right post, then Bobrovsky stymied Josefson with his pads on New Jersey’s final chance.