Devils Down Flyers

Published on January 22nd, 2011

Devils Down Flyers

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 in what could best be described as a trap game.  The Flyers were scheduled to play the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals and would be hard-pressed to not overlook the lowly Devils.  The Devils had 36 points less than the Flyers before the game.  This was the 5th of 6 meetings between the Flyers and the Devils this season.  They play for the last time on April 1st in New Jersey.  For this game, Johan Hedberg started in net for the Devils and Brian Boucher for the Flyers.

The Devils took advantage of an early Flyers turnover to take a 1-0.  Defenseman Henrik Tallinder got the turnover and blasted a shot past Boucher at 5:25.  Devils winger Patrik Elias then stunned Boucher at 12:12 when he came out from behind the net and slipped one in via the five-hole to make it 2-0.  The Flyers had a very sluggish and sloppy start to this afternoon tilt.  The Devils totally out-played the Flyers in the 1st period outshooting them 10 to 5.

The Flyers came out in the 2nd period with some fire in an attempt to get back into the game.  They had quite a few number of scoring opportunities but could not finish.  Finally at 19:40, forward James van Riemsdyk tipped in a pass from Claude Giroux to cut the Devils’ lead in half.

At 5:06 of the 3rd period, Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov picked up a cross-checking minor to give the Flyers a power-play and a prime opportunity to get the equalizing goal.  The Flyers failed to even register a shot during this power-play however.  The Flyers took a cross-checking minor of their own by Giroux at 17:46 which killed much possibility of them tying the game.  Elias shoot the puck into the empty net at 19:18 for his 2ndgoal of the game and to clinch the 3-1 victory for the Devils.

On the loss, Flyers winger Scott Hartnell said, “I don’t think we took them too lightly. I think we just made a couple errors defensively, and they were able to capitalize.  2-0 against the Devils, or Tampa Bay, or whoever you’re playing, it’s gonna be tough to play catch up.”

Flyers goalie Bouch said, “We knew we didn’t have a very good first period.  We got booed off the ice there after the first period.  We knew that was a bit of a motivator and we came out better in the second period.  It was more indicative of how we wanted to play, but you have got to give Jersey credit.  They made it difficult for us tonight, and when you are trying to play catch-up, it can be a bit difficult.  We have got to be ready to go at the drop of the puck tomorrow.”

This ended the Flyers’ 4-game winning streak and was the last game of a 3-game home-stand.

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