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NYR
2
SPR
0
FINAL
OTT
2
BOS
1
FINAL
MIN
2
CBJ
4
FINAL
NJD
1
PHI
2
FINAL
TBL
4
MTL
0
FINAL
COL
1
STL
3
FINAL
FLA
1
DAL
7
FINAL
PHX
2
CGY
4
FINAL
VAN
0
SJS
3
NJD
PHI

31 SOG
27 SOG

Pronger's return spices Flyers' 2-1 win against Devils

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

To the Philadelphia Flyers, the return of captain Chris Pronger on Thursday night meant a lot more than their 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Improving to 4-1-1 in the preseason was nice, but having Pronger playing a regular shift was even better.  Pronger is coming off offseason surgeries on his back and wrist -- he has had five operations (knee, foot, hand, back, wrist) since July 2010.

Pronger finished with 19:35 of ice time and assisted on Wayne Simmonds' second-period goal in what's likely to be his only preseason game -- he said he doesn't expect to play in the rematch Saturday night in Newark. His next appearance figures to be on opening night at Boston next Thursday.

"I felt OK," he said. "The first period was pretty fast, a good way to kind of get back into the flow. ... Get into a few scrums, get into a few pushing matches, kind of see how you feel and go from there."

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was glad to get Pronger some game action before opening night.

"I don't think it's one of those situations where he has to be there and he's not trying to prove anything," he said. "He's played a lot of games in his career. If he just walked into the Boston game, I'm sure we'd get a great effort out of him.
 
"There's also something to be said for coming back and finding your timing and getting into the live battles and finding your game. It was good he wanted to get back and get into the game."

Jaromir Jagr continued to fit right in with his new team. Jagr, who with the Flyers this summer after three years in Russia, scored his fourth goal in three preseason games with his new team. With the game tied 1-1 and Zach Parise in the box for goaltender interference, Jagr set up at the post to the left of Martin Brodeur and managed to convert a cross-ice pass from Claude Giroux at 12:48 -- despite breaking his stick on the shot.

"He's a good fit on that hockey team," Brodeur said. "He's still got it. It's pretty amazing to see him after a few years out of the League."

Stephane Veilleux gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 14 seconds into the second period, swatting a rebound past Ilya Bryzgalov. Simmonds tied it at 12:49 with a power-play goal, picking up the rebound of Giroux's shot in the slot and whipping it past Brodeur.

Despite allowing two goals, Brodeur looked like he was in midseason form, making a number of outstanding saves among his 25 stops and earning praise from his coach.
"I liked Brodeur's game," Peter DeBoer said. "I thought he was outstanding. There was a lot of positives tonight other than the score."

Though New Jersey is just 1-3-0 in the preseason, DeBoer said he's not worried about the losses.

"Not when you lose like we did tonight," he said. "That's pretty much Philadelphia's lineup other than (James) van Riemsdyk. That looked like a regular-season game to me at ice level. We played a good hockey game. If you're asking me would I rather win 5-0 and play poorly, no, I'd rather lose 2-1 and play like we did tonight.

"In the preseason only," he added.

One area in which the Devils need improvement is penalty-killing -- they've now allowed five power-play goals in their last two games.

"I'm not concerned about it," DeBoer said. "We've been working on it. We're trying some guys out in those situations and it's sink or swim. But I'm not concerned about it. I think we'll have a very good penalty kill."

Material from team media was used in this report
1st2nd3rdT
NJD
PHI
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:14NJD Stephane Veilleux (1) Wrist shot - ASST: David Steckel (1), Steve Bernier (1) 1 - 0 NJD
12:19PHI PPG - Wayne Simmonds (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Claude Giroux (1), Chris Pronger (1) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
12:48PHI PPG - Jaromir Jagr (1) Tip-in - ASST: Claude Giroux (2), Wayne Simmonds (1) 2 - 1 PHI
Penalty Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:08NJD Stephane Veilleux served by Nick Palmieri  Roughing  - 2 min against  Harry Zolnierczyk
03:08NJD Stephane Veilleux  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Harry Zolnierczyk
03:08PHI Harry Zolnierczyk  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Stephane Veilleux
11:57PHI Zac Rinaldo  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brad Mills
11:57NJD Brad Mills  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Zac Rinaldo
11:57NJD Brad Mills served by Rod Pelley  Roughing  - 2 min against  Zac Rinaldo
14:37PHI Chris Pronger  Roughing  - 2 min against  Stephane Veilleux
3rd Period
02:49NJD Brad Mills  Interference  - 2 min against  Harry Zolnierczyk
08:23PHI Daniel Briere  Interference  - 2 min against  Stephane Veilleux
11:50NJD Zach Parise  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Sergei Bobrovsky
shots by period
PeriodNJDPHI
1st117
2nd1113
3rd97
Total3127
Team Stats
CategoryNJDPHI
Power Plays0/22/4
Hits1824
Faceoff Wins2524
Giveaways88
Takeaways45
Blocked Shots621
Penalty Minutes1814
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  • PHILADELPHIA
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35K. Kinkaid00.0000:00
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8M. WalkerD00-12015:16
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25M. CarleD0001021:10
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36Z. RinaldoC000157:59
41A. MeszarosD0001019:05
44K. TimonenD0002022:09
48D. BriereC00-11217:46
68J. JagrR1002015:45
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30I. Bryzgalov1718.94429:30
35S. Bobrovsky13131.00030:30