Flyers Dismiss Devils 3-0

Published on March 13th, 2012

by Mike del Tufo

Tuesday March 13, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly to earn a split in their home-and-home series and end the Devils’ winning streak at 4 games.  The Devils had won 4-1 on Sunday night in Newark.

This was the 6th and final time these two teams played this season.  The Flyers had gone 2-2-1 in the 1st five.

The Flyers played without defensemen Pavel Kubina and Andrej Meszaros who both missed the game because of injuries.  For this game, Marty Brodeur started in net for the Devils and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Schenn-Read-Simmonds
Briere-Wellwood-Voracek
Talbot-Couturier-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Carle-Timonen
Coburn-Grossman
Gustafsson-Lilja

After a fairly even 1st period, the Flyers took control in the 2nd period.  They bombarded Brodeur, the Devils goalie, with shots and finally got one past him when forward Sean Couturier scored at 11:07.  They dominated play from there even though the Devils managed to keep it close in large part because of the stellar play of Brodeur.  The Flyers added two more goals in the 3rd period to close out the Devils.  Jake Voracek scored at 2:14 and then Danny Briere ended his goal-less drought and put it into the empty-net at 15:11.

This was Bryzgalov’s third straight shutout and fourth in five games.  He has a shutout streak of 196 minutes, 13 seconds, and has stopped 152 of 154 shots.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on the game said, “Tonight, we had 20 guys playing for 60 minutes in front of a goaltender who was sharp.  The results show, by the chances that you generate, by the chances that you don’t let up, and we haven’t done anything different other than to continue to try and teach.  We have new players and young players, we’ve looked at a lot of things recently.  Coming into today’s game, we looked back, shifts every game, one game we’re talking about discipline the next game we’re talking about defense, the shift today was to talk about offense because I don’t think we created anything in the last two games.  But today for me, was one of the most complete efforts of the year because not only were we sound defensively, we were moving and really looking to generate offensively.  Every guy played a heck of a game.  Really, really complete package.”

The Flyers next game is Thursday on Long Island vs. the New York Islanders. 

Bryzgalov recorded his 3rd straight shut-out | Source: Andrew King

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