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Fly-by: Flyers 4, Devils 1

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Saturday, January 21, 2012

4 - 1
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Flyers 0 2 2 4
Devils 0 1 0 1
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PHI:   M. Read (09:30 - 2nd) , S. Hartnell (PPG, 13:04 - 2nd) , S. Hartnell (PPG, 08:07 - 3rd) , W. Simmonds (EN, 17:38 - 3rd)
NJD:   A. Ponikarovsky (13:32 - 2nd)

 NJD: M. Brodeur (L)

Ilya Bryzgalov is starting to get dialed in. And that's good news for Flyers fans.

With a talented group of forwards and a team that had won three of it's last four and five of its last seven games, the Devils could only manage to get one goal on 31 shots past Bryzgalov.
"He seems like he's really focused on what he's doing in there right now," said Laviolette. "I think our guys have done a good job in front of him, even tonight. New Jersey has a lot of skill out there and guys did a good job, but there's always going to be chances… He made some quick leg saves and he seemed in control of what he was doing out there."

This wouldn't be the first time that Bryzgalov has had success against the Devils. He stopped all 20 shots he faced in the teams' first meeting of the year for a 3-0 shut out victory.

The Devils weren't the reason for success in this case. In his last start, Bryzgalov also turned aside all but one shot, stopping 25 of 26 to guide the Flyers to a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Jan. 17.

Tonight however, Bryzgalov fought off six power-plays and over nine minutes of time on the man-advantage for Devils.

"He's been working hard the last couple weeks. He's getting out there and playing [the puck], chipping it into the corners, stopping it," said Scott Hartnell. "It makes it easier for our defenseman for breakouts. Obviously when he's making some saves he's one of the best goalies in the League."

Bryzgalov is now 4-2-0 in his last six starts in net and with tonight's victory earned his 18th win of the season and lowered his goals-against average to 2.94.
Today was Scott Hartnell’s third two-goal game of the season and the 24th of his career.
Wayne Simmonds posted the first three-point game of his career.
Jody Shelley’s fight put him at 1,496 penalty minutes for his career.
The Flyers had 20 shots tonight, their second-fewest total on the season (15 at TBL, 11-9-11) and their fewest in a win this season.
Matt Read scored his 15th goal of the season, adding to his league lead among rookies.  He now has 31 points on the year, which puts him four off of the overall league lead among rookies.
Claude Giroux was 60 percent on faceoffs (15 of 25), marking the sixth consecutive game where he’s been above 50 percent on draws.
Wayne Simmonds
With his three-point night, Wayne Simmonds takes the first Flyers star.

Simmonds finished off the Devils with an empty-netter with 2:22 left in the game, but his contributions came far earlier than that in the game.

Simmonds set up shop and did the dirty work in front of the net to set up rookie Matt Read for the Flyers first goal.

Although he didn't get a point on the play, Simmonds set up shop and was right back in front for the second Flyers goal of the night. Simmonds would help set up Hartnell's second goal of the night to record his first three-point game of his young career.

He's moving his feet, pucks are on his stick and he seems to have a lot of confidence right now. It was a good game for him."
-Peter Laviolette on Wayne Simmonds

"He makes some great plays down low in the trenches and that's not easy work. It's hard to find guys like that love to do that… and it's nice to see a guy get rewarded and have a good stretch."
-Scott Hartnell on Wayne Simmonds
Tonight's turning point came on the power play at 8:07 of the third period when Scott Hartnell scored his 22nd goal of the season.

The goal also gave the Flyers their two-goal lead back with the Devils threatening to tie the game up.

On the man-advantage, Claude Giroux was circling behind the net and saw Hartnell cutting to the slot.

Hartnell made no mistake about it and fired a one-timer past Martin Brodeur.
PIC OF THE DAY: Max Talbot lays a body check on Devils' Adam Larsson.

Flyers 4, Devils 1
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Jaromir Jagr's injury forced the Philadelphia Flyers to adjust their power play.

It worked just fine without him.

Jagr left in the first period of the Flyers' 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, and didn't return. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette made some changes to the power play, that was facing the NHL's best penalty-killers.


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