NEWARK, N.J. _ For rookie left winger James van Riemsdyk, it was a happy homecoming last night as he had two assists in the Flyers' convincing 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.
Playing in an arena 35 minutes from where he grew up _ Middletown in central Jersey _ van Riemsdyk continued his strong early-season play.
Ditto goalie Ray Emery, who made 24 saves _ including several acrobatic ones _ as the Flyers got off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1998-99.
Emery badly outplayed the legendary Martin Brodeur, who looked (way) past his prime as he allowed four softies on a night in which he played his 1,000th career game.
The best news for the Flyers was this: They got goals from all four of their lines _ the type of balance that will make them a difficult team to defend.
"That's going to be critical all year," captain Mike Richards said. "Different people stepping up."
Jeff Carter, Ian Laperriere, Richards, Darroll Powe and Matt Carle scored for the Flyers, who play their home opener Tuesday against Washington.
Claude Giroux, Chris Pronger, van Riemsdyk, and Carle were each plus-3 for the Flyers.
The scrappy fourth line of Dan Carcillo, Blair Betts and Laperriere _ call them the LCB Line, II _ has played solidly and been one of the team's most pleasant surprises thus far.