Jim Dowd scored a short-handed goal midway through the third period to lift the Devils to their franchise-record 49th victory of the season, surpassing the mark set in 1997-98 and 2000-01. They won their fourth straight game and second since Lou Lamoriello fired Claude Julien with three games left in the regular season and the Devils in first place in the division.
Brodeur stopped 34 shots, including a breakaway in the second, to break the 33-year-old record in the city where Parent led the Broad Street Bullies to two Stanley Cup championships. While some retired stars want to see their records stand forever, Parent said before the game he was rooting for Brodeur.
“This is his year,” said Parent, his retired No. 1 hanging from the rafters. “He’s played fantastic hockey. It couldn’t have happened to a more fantastic individual.”
Sergei Brylin and Jamie Langenbrunner each scored power-play goals for the Devils.
Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne had goals for the Flyers, who desperately need points in their final two games of the season to avoid going down as the worst team in franchise history.