NEWARK, NJ - The Devils and Flyers went beyond regulation and the game was ultimately decided in a shootout as Sean Couturier was the lone scorer, leading Philadelphia to a 4-3 victory.
"I think we had a pretty good game tonight, I really do. It's just tough," said Devils captain Andy Greene. "We can't let this sit here and knaw at us all night and tomorrow. Obviously, a huge game again tomorrow night. To be honest, I thought we played much better tonight. I thought it was a pretty good game. Nobody wants to get out of this more than we do, everyone in this locker room. Let's keep grinding away here. Let's keep playing as well as we can and we're going to get out of this thing and be a lot stronger for it."
The Devils hit the road to face the Hurricanes in Carolina on Saturday night. The game can be seen on MSG and heard on the Devils Hockey Network, including right here at NewJerseyDevils.com. Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. ET.
The Devils have lost three in a row but have managed a point in each of their last two.
Wayne Simmonds got the scoring started against his former team, burying a power-play goal at 6:24 of the opening period from right out in front. It was Simmonds' first goal as a Devil. He was assisted by Jack Hughes and Kyle Palmieri.
Oskar Lindblom roofed the equalizer from on the doorstep at 10:39 of the first, tying the game for Philadelphia.
The Flyers took their first lead of the night at 7:26 of the second period. It appeared as though Mackenzie Blackwood was interfered with but the call was a good goal and the Devils elected not to challenge as the Flyers player might have been pushed into the goaltender.
The Devils would make it a 2-2 game at 14:28 of the second as defenseman Sami Vatanen's shot found twine. The goal was Vatanen's fourth of the season and he now has goals in two straight games. Nico Hischer and Taylor Hall recorded the assists.
Hall gave the home team a 3-2 edge at 9:58 of the third after he went coast to coast for the score.
A shot by Joel Farabee snuck past Blackwood at 11:29 of the final period of regulation to tie the game at 3-3.
Blackwood made a massive save in the final seconds of overtime to keep his team in it. After a scoreless OT, the two teams prepped for a shootout.
Couturier was the only player to score for either team and the goal came in the third round, lifting Philly to the win.
"That's sports. You're up, you're down," said Hall. "That's just kinda the way our season is going right now. We play well enough to win and we don't. We're going to have to work for our breaks. No one is feeling sorry for us right now. We know we're right there. We know this is no time to quit on our gameplan or quit on each other. It's about going out there and keep doing the things we're doing well and I think the wins are going to follow."