The Flyers took a 1-0 lead near the end of the second period, but the Devils scored three times in a span of 4:44 over the end of the second and start of the third periods and ended up with a 4-1 win. Luke Schenn picked up his first goal of the year with 4:56 left in the second period, but it ended up being the only one of 28 shots that would get past Cory Schneider. Travis Zajac tied it with a power play goal with 1:48 left in the second, and after Kyle Palmieri gave the Devils a 2-1 lead 1:28 into the third, Zajac added a second power play goal at 2:32. Andy Greene finished things off with an empty-netter with seven seconds remaining. Steve Mason stopped 29 of 32 shots he faced in the loss.
The turning point in tonight’s loss came with the third Devils goal… After falling behind 2-1 with just over a minute into the third period, the Flyers still had over 18 minutes to score the equalizer, but Travis Zajac’s second goal of the night was the back breaker for the Flyers, who opened up the scoring to take a 1-0 lead in the game… The Flyers managed nine shots in the third period, but failed to climb back into it and allowed four unanswered goals, including an empty-netter in the final minute, to their division rivals.
1ST - Travis Zajac: Scored two of the Devils four goals on the night on three shots. He logged over 20 minutes of ice time, including nearly six total minutes on special teams with 3:47 on the power-play and 2:06 shorthanded. He also went 72 percent on face-offs.
2ND - Kyle Palmieri: Recorded the primary assist on both of Zajac’s goals and posted four shots on goal while blocking another three shots.
3RD - Jakub Voracek: He posted six shots on goal to lead all players in the game, while recording 20 minutes of ice-time. It was the second straight game he posted six shots, bringing this season total to 40, which is currently tied for the NHL lead.
Luke Schenn scored his first goal of the year and now has a goal and three assists for four points through five games this season… He also has a three-game point streak… The five games in which he’s gathered the four points marks the shortest period of time from the start of the season that it’s taken Schenn to reach four points… The Flyers as a team had 68 shots attempts, 28 of which reached the net. A total of 40 shots didn’t reach the net – 21 were blocked and 19 missed… Ryan White went 7-for-11 (64 pct) on faceoffs… Mark Streit logged over 26 minutes of ice-time for the second straight game.
“I think the whole game we didn’t do the little details that we’ve been doing all year and it cost us tonight.” (Claude Giroux)
“I don’t really think we really put too much focus into last year. It’s a fresh start, fresh season, but there’s no question that we have to know how to win as a group and learn how to do that the right way on a consistent basis.” (Luke Schenn)
“We didn't start with the puck very much tonight. That's one area that we can look at through the 60 minutes. That's the first area of every play when you start off with the faceoffs. That's an area where we have to improve." (Head Coach Dave Hakstol)