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POSTGAME 5: Devils Skid Ends at Flyers Expense

In the second of four straight games against one another the Philadelphia Flyers lost to the New Jersey Devils, 6-4, at the Prudential Center on Tuesday evening.

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer /

In the second of four straight games against one another the Philadelphia Flyers lost to the New Jersey Devils, 6-4, at the Prudential Center on Tuesday evening. 

New Jersey saw its losing streak end at 10 games.

Nico Hischier (PPG, 5th goal of the season) tallied the only goal of the first period.

Pavel Zacha (PPG, 12th) made it 2-0 early in the second. Miles Wood (17th) briefly gave New Jersey a three-goal goal before Oskar Lindblom (8th) responded.

In the early minutes of the third period, goals by Phil Myers (1st) and Claude Giroux (14th) spaced 1:10 apart tied the game at 3-3.

Connor Carrick (1st) restored a New Jersey lead at 4-3. Sean Couturier (15th) very briefly tied the game at 5-5 only for Yegor Sharangovich (12th) to untie it again 11 second later. Mikhail Maltsev (6th) added an empty net goal in the waning seconds.

Brian Elliott stopped 23 of 28 shots. 
Mackenzie Blackwood got the win with 25 saves on 29 shots. 

The Flyers went 0-for-2 on the power play. The Devils went 2-for-2.


The Flyers' failure on a four-minute power play in the first period and New Jersey scoring on each of their first two power plays put the Devils in the driver's seat. The Flyers pushed back from deficits of 3-0 and 4-3 but gave the lead right back to the Devils.

The Flyers had two late chances to tie the game at 5-5. Matt Tennyson blocked what looked like a sure goal by Couturier. Blackwood stoned Giroux on a look from the slot.


1) The Flyers slogged through a listless first period, mustering only 3.shots on goal against Blackwood. New Jerseys put nine on Elliott. A four-minute power play that generated almost no pressure after Claude Giroux hit the post early set a negative tone for the period. On a positive note, debuting defenseman Egor Zamula had a pair of shots on goal and also blocked one.

2) For the eighth straight game, the Flyers yielded the first goal. A Nolan Patrick holding penalty proved costly. Robert Hägg blocked a Jack Hughes shot attempt but the puck went to Hischier, who scored. Earlier in the period, the Flyers twice caught breaks on loose pucks in front that New Jersey was unable to pot. Overall, neither team generated any sustained attack.

3) Travis Sanheim dropped the gloves on behalf of Sean Couturier after Couturier took a hit behind the net by Michael McLeod in the opening minute of the second period. Sanheim received an extra minor for roughing. Zacha scored from the center slot on a shot that trickled in past Elliott at 2:20.

4) Wood weaved a shot through traffic for a 3-0 Devils lead at 5:14 of the second period. Just 15 seconds later, Oskar Lindblom scored on the third shot of a three-shot flurry, following up attempts by Nolan Patrick and Jackson Cates. 

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Congrats to @JacksonCates5 who picked up his first career @NHL point, an assist on @oskarlindblom's second period tally. #AnytimeAnywhere | #PHIvsNJD

The Devils thought they'd made it 4-1 at 10:31 of the second period but a video review showed that a Hischier shot hit the post and didn't cross the goal line. The initial call on the ice was overturned. Thereafter, but teams had several good scoring chances but no further scoring followed.

5) After a lengthy puck battle on the boards, Jack Hughes turned it over directly to Myers under pressure from Wade Allison. Myers ended a 44-game goal drought at 2:24 of the third period. 

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Philly Myers. #AnytimeAnywhere | #PHIvsNJD

A mere 1:10 after play resumed, Voracek made a good pass to Giroux. The Flyers captain got Blackwood to open his pads just enough to squeeze through a shot into the net.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: deja vu all over again.@28CGiroux | #PHIvsNJD

Poor defense by Myers on a chip pass by Carrick to himself and a stoppable shot that had Elliott off his angle restored a Devils lead at 4-3 at the 8:04 mark. Elliott then had to stop a Wood breakaway to keep the deficit at one goal.

A seeing-eye goal on a flip shot by Couturier from the side boards was followed immediately by a communication miscue behind the Flyers net and a wrap-around tap-in by Sharangovich. 

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: gotta keep getting those pucks on net. #PHIvsNJD

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