Flyers Earn Split With Devils in Home And Home Series

Published on March 15th, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Friday March 15, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers nipped the Devils 2-1 in a shoot-out in a rare Friday night game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.  It was a nice bounce-back win after a poor showing Wednesday in New Jersey in the front end of this home-and-home series with the Devils.

For this game, Johan Hedberg started in net for the Devils and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

The Flyers weathered a storm in the 1st period as they had to overcome a lengthy 5-on-3 power-play for the Devils.  They gained some momentum from that.  Several minutes later, Flyers forward Simon Gagne patiently waited for the play to develop and then fed a wide-open Max Talbot.  Talbot scored at 15:21 of the 1st period to put the Flyers up 1-0.

The Devils came back in the 2nd period, however, when David Clarkson tipped it in at 6:09.  A lot of physical and tight-checking hockey ensued the rest of this period and the 3rd period as well but neither team could get the go-ahead goal.

In overtime, the Devils had the advantage but Bryzgalov was there for the save each time.

In the shoot-out, the Flyers went first and Matt Read scored.  Devils Ilya Kovalchuk was successful as well to tie the shoot-out.  Claude Giroux was up next and slammed it past Hedberg.  Calrkson followed and was stopped by Bryz.  Flyers Danny Briere then could have clinched for the home team but Hedberg made the save.  Up last was Patrik Elias, a Flyers’ killer.  He shot wide giving the Flyers the victory.  It was a big 2 points for them.

Flyers center Briere said on the big win, “We definitely did a better job in battles. I think we were more patient too. We played a more patient game. The Devils are a team that can frustrate you. The last game we started forcing the issue especially when we were down a goal or two early in the game. We were trying to press on them and that’s when you get in trouble, but today right from the get go we matched their intensity. We got better as the game went on. The most important part I think is we waited for our chances. We didn’t force anything for any reason. It paid off for us in the shootout.”

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said, “We needed to win a hockey game tonight. It was something that had to be done. We had to give ourselves a fighting chance and credit to the guys because we came out, played a smart game, played a hard game and ended up with two points.”

Flyers Luke Schenn recorded 9 hits in the game.  Zac Rinaldo had 6 hits.

The Flyers’ next game is Monday at Tampa Bay vs. the Lightning.

Giroux had the game-winner in the shootout | Source: Andrew King

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