Devils Drop Flyers 4-3 in Shoot-Out

Published on November 4th, 2011

Flyers looking for a goal | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

 

Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in a shoot-out after having a 2-0 lead and a 3rd period 3-2 lead. 

JVR was a late scratch.  Johan Hedberg started in net for the Devils and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Zolnierczyk-Voracek
Talbot-Simmonds-Nodl
Couturier-Rinaldo-Shelley

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Meszaros-Lilja
Carle-Gustafson

Both teams playing back-to-back nights appeared lethargic to start the game.  Neither team had much going offensively in the early going.  The Flyers had a 5-on-3 late in the 1st period but seemed snake-bitten with the man-advantage and did not really come close to converting.  Bob had two big saves on former Flyer Dainius Zubrus in the last 2 minutes of the period.  The Flyers only managed 5 shots in the opening stanza in a very forgettable period. 

Zac Rinaldo converted a nice pass from Sean Couturier to score his 1st NHL goal to open the scoring.  It gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead and was at 2:28 of the 2nd period.  Then at 8:08, Jaromir Jagr circled around the net and found a wide-open Claude Giroux who banged it home to put the Flyers up 2-0.  The Devils came back at 8:59 when Zach Parise got his team’s 1st goal.  The Devils then tied it up at 11:57 when Adam Henrique scored his 1st NHL goal.  With one minute left in the period, Bob stoned Ilya Kovalchuk on a short-handed breakaway.  The Devils led in shots 30 to 14 after two periods of play.

At 2:37 of the 3rd period, Max Talbot of the Flyers was hauled down by Mark Fayne and awarded a penalty-shot.  He beat Hedberg on it to put the Flyers back up.  The Devils were able to tie it at 13:25 following a bad Flyer turn-over by Matt Carle.  David Clarkson with the goal.  The teams went to overtime tied 3-3.

Both teams had their chances to end it in the 5-minute overtime but could not which led to the shoot-out.  After one round, the Devils led in the shoot-out 1-0 as Parise scored.  In the 2nd round, there was some controversy as Briere seemed to stop on his attempt.  He scored and it was upheld upon review.  Heading to the last round tied 1-1, Giroux went for the Flyers and was stopped.  Patrik Elias then went for the Devils and scored to end the shoot-out and the game.  The Devils skated out of Philly with a 4-3 victory.

On the loss, Briere said, “It’s very disappointing. We had the lead the whole game. They were playing catch up hockey on us all night. It’s a little disappointing. I don’t think our intensity was quite there.  If we had the chance to go back, I think that’s an area we’d like to improve on. The turnovers kind of cost us, huge turnovers in our zone.”

Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette  on the loss said, “Well the second period again, I’m not real happy with. We were slow to the puck slow to support the puck and I think turnovers played into it. The third period I thought was much more competitive from our guys. We went back and forth more and traded. New Jersey played a strong game. And I think I’ll look back and it will probably be the second period that stands out to me.”

The Flyers next game is Saturday vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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