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POSTGAME 5: Bedeviled

Flyers drop first game out of bye weeks, 4-1, to Devils

by @NHLFlyers


A pair of late goals in the second period and an early power-play goal in the third by the Devils, sunk the Flyers as New Jersey posted a 4-1 win at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Devils struck first off a goal from rookie Pavel Zacha who backhanded a bouncing puck in the slot past Michal Neuvirth, but the Flyers countered with a goal from their own rookie as Travis Konecny banged home a rebound from an expiring power play to close out the first period, 1-1.

The Devils then added two more goals in the second. The first coming on a 5-on-3 power play from a clipping call on Radko Gudas and then an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Wayne Simmonds. Kyle Palmieri broke the 1-1 tie early on the two-man advantage and with less than a minute to go in the period, Miles Wood scored to make it 3-1.

The Devils added one more in the third with Wood scoring his second of the game. Mason started the third period, coming in relief of Neuvirth, who stopped 22 of 25 shots in the first two periods.

Tonight's turning point comes on a last minute goal on an individual effort from Devils rookie Miles Wood. With the second period winding down, Wood used his speed and broke in on Neuvirth alone to give the Devils a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes, instead of the Flyers regrouping and facing a one goal deficit in the third.Video: Analysis and locker room comments following the loss


1 - Miles Wood: In his 30th NHL game, the Devils rookie recorded his first career multi-goal contest with the third and fourth Devils goal.

2 - Michael Cammalleri: Had two assists and was a plus-1 in the win.

3 - Keith Kinkaid: Stopped 35 of 36 shots, including all 26 in the second and third periods playing his second game in as many nights


* Goaltender Michal Neuvirth did not start the third period due to precautionary reasons, according to GM Ron Hextall.

* The Flyers had 85 shot attempts in the game to 48 for the Devils. New Jersey blocked 32 Flyer shots. Shayne Gostisbehere had 10 shot attempts, five of which were blocked; Ivan Provorov also had 10 total attempts. Sixteen of the 18 skaters had at least one shot on goal; all 18 had at least one shot attempt.
* Ivan Provorov recorded an assist on the lone Flyers goal, giving him points in five of his last seven games.

* Provorov logged 22:45 of ice time in tonight's game - it was the 17th time he has recorded 22 minutes or more of TOI this season.

* Travis Konecny scored, giving him four of his eight total goals this season in the last nine games.Video: NJD@PHI: Konecny pokes puck in under Kinkaid

"I'll take blame for that [second penalty]. I didn't agree with the penalty, I got an extra two that's my fault. They score a goal make it 2-1, that's a momentum changer, I take all of the blame for that."
- Wayne Simmonds

"I think we all felt pretty fresh tonight. We felt good yesterday. It was a good time for us and we can still build on some positives from tonight. We have an opportunity for us to do some good tomorrow and that is the good thing about hockey that you always have another game to redeem ourselves. We have spurts when we see what we are doing right. We just have to play that full sixty. There are a lot of positives we just have to make sure we are sticking to those and cleaning up the rest of it."
- Travis Konecny

"We made a couple mistakes in the last 3-4 minutes of the 2nd period. That turned the tide of the hockey game. They revolve around one of the penalty calls, that being said, I think the real intent in the third period was to make sure guys continued working hard for each other, and playing hard."
- Dave HakstolVideo: Dave Hakstol Postgame Press Conference

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