Mike Sislo scored what proved to be the game-winner at 7:34 of the third period and Cory Schneider made 22 saves in the New Jersey Devils' 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night.
Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky opened the scoring at 6:37 of the first period, dancing around Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson and evading goalie Ray Emery before backhanding the puck in from behind the goal line. Sislo scored a similar goal when he beat Andrej Meszaros and beat Emery low on his stick side.
The Flyers got within 2-1 when defenseman Kimmo Timonen scored on the power play at 18:29 of the third period, ending Schneider's preseason scoreless streak at 158:22.
"What do you say?" Devils coach Pete DeBoer asked. "Just solid, confident and he gives our team that feeling when he's in there."
Schneider, who shut out the New York Islanders 3-0 on Saturday night, said he got plenty of help.
"I thought our team did a great job blocking shots," he said. "Some of the guys were blocking shots like it was April. It was great to see."
Emery made 17 saves for Philadelphia, which had captain Claude Giroux in the lineup for the first time in the preseason after he had finger surgery on Aug. 15 following a fluke accident while playing golf. He played 22:04, won nine of 11 faceoffs and assisted on Timonen's goal.
"As the game went on, it felt better," Giroux said.
Flyers forward Jakub Voracek left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Voracek was hooked by Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador on a second-period breakaway, and his lower back collided with the post. He was awarded a penalty shot, but slid the puck wide against Schneider and left for the dressing room shortly afterward. Vincent Lecavalier took Voracek's spot on the first line. The Flyers said after the game that the injury was not serious and that he will be evaluated on Wednesday.
Voracek led the Flyers last season with 22 goals and 46 points in 48 games.
|Marek Zidlicky (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryane Clowe (1), Patrik Elias (1)|
1 - 0 NJD
|Mike Sislo (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Rod Pelley (1), Jacob Josefson (1)|
2 - 0 NJD
|PPG - Kimmo Timonen (1) Slapshot - ASST: Claude Giroux (1), Vincent Lecavalier (1)|
2 - 1 NJD
|Power Play %||19.3%||23.4%|
|% on Road||21.6%||18.6%|
|% at Home||17.3%||28.0%|
|Andrej Meszaros Hooking - 2 min against Rod Pelley|
|Sean Couturier Tripping - 2 min against Peter Harrold|
|Mark Fayne Hi-sticking - 2 min against Claude Giroux|
|Bryce Salvador PS-Hooking on breakaway - 0 min against Jakub Voracek|
|Tim Sestito Too many men/ice - bench - 2 min|
|Damien Brunner Hooking - 2 min against Scott Laughton|
|Jay Rosehill Interference - 2 min against Damien Brunner|
|Damien Brunner Hooking - 2 min against Michael Raffl|