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Devils shutout Flyers Thursday night

New Jersey walked away with a 3-0 victory in Philadelphia to mark their third shutout of the season

by Amanda Stein @amandacstein /

PHILADELPHIA, PA - There was no love lost between the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. Back out on the road, the Devils protected a 1-0 lead from the 3:45 mark of the first period until the final whistle. New Jersey defeated the Flyers 3-0 as Keith Kinkaid backstopped the Devils with his seventh career shutout, his second against the Flyers. 

Here are 10 takeaways from the game:

1. The game started in a hurry for Devils rookie Joey Anderson. Fellow rookie Brett Seney found Anderson with a pass in the slot just 3:45 into the game. Anderson ripped off a shot from the pass that found its way past Flyers netminder Brian Elliot. The goal gave the Devils a 1-0 lead and was a milestone moment for the young forward. In just his eighth career NHL game, Anderson recorded his first career NHL goal. 

Tweet from @amandacstein: Great moment, for a great kid! 

2. Seney and Blake Coleman were credited with the assists on Anderson's goal. The assist was the first of Seney's career. He already has his first career goal, scored last week against the Winnipeg Jets. 

3. The Flyers thought they had the game tied at 11:14 of the first period, with a Shayne Gostisbehere shot from the point beating Devils netminder Keith Kinkaid. The goal was immediately waived off by the referees for goaltender interference. Flyer, and New Jersey native, James Van Riemsdyk clipped Kinkaid's helmet, preventing him from being able to make the save. The Flyers challenged the call on the ice, but after review, the refs determined the call on the ice would stand. 

4. The Devils were down to five defensemen early in the second period. Sami Vatanen was clipped with a high-stick from Flyers Ivan Provorov, which created a domino effect sending Vatanen into the end-boards. The Finnish defenseman was able to get up and off the ice on his own, but clearly with some difficulty. Vatanen went right down the tunnel to the Devils locker room and did not return. His night ended with a plus-1 rating in 9:14 of ice time.

5. The Devils penalty kill continues to get the job done. Against the Flyers, the Devils penalty killers went 4-for-4.

6. Keith Kinkaid backstopped the Devils to the victory against the Flyers. Kinkaid looked cool, calm and collected against Philadelphia - a team he has had much success against in his career. Kinkaid improves his record to 7-2-0 in his career against Philadelphia, the most victories he has over any other NHL team. 

On Thursday night, Kinkaid stopped all 29 shots he faced, posting his third shutout of the season. 

7. In their first matchup in Philadelphia this season, the Devils struggled at the faceoff dot with a 27% success rate. The Devils were much improved at the dot in their second matchup at Wells Fargo Arena with a 45% success rate. 

8. Kyle Palmieri scored his team leading 11th goal of the season on a nifty wraparound at 13:52 of the third period. The goal gave the Devils a bit of breathing room to close out the game. The Flyers pulled their goaltender after the play, with Brian Elliott being replaced by Calvin Pickard.

Tweet from @NJDevils: W😱W, @kylepalmieri. #NJDvsPHI

Blake Coleman and Travis Zajac were credited with the assists, which gave Coleman a three-point night, following his empty net goal. Coleman's empty netter came on his fifth shot of the game, which matches a career high in shots per game. 

9. The Devils took a 1-0 lead into the third period and posted the victory. Since the start of the 2015-16 NHL season, the Devils are now 81-0-12 when leading after two periods. The start of that season also coincides with the arrival of General Manager Ray Shero and head coach John Hynes. 

10. The Devils are back in the comfort of their own arena on Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Detroit Red Wings to New Jersey. The night will be a special one as the Devils will host Military Appreciation Night, with players wearing camo jerseys in warmups that will be available for auctioned to benefit the Kyle Palmieri Foundation.

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