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POSTGAME 5: Downed by the Devils

Flyers drop second half of back to back in Newark to Devils, 6-2

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Flyers scored first, but New Jersey responded with three goals and then pulled away again after the Flyers scored their second en route to a 6-2 win at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. 

Michael Del Zotto put the Flyers on the board with three minutes left in the first period, but Kyle Palmieri answered just over a minute later and then the Devils added two more 3:50 apart in the second. 

Brayden Schenn tipped one home 1:27 after New Jersey's third goal, making it 3-2 at the second intermission. But Taylor Hall's breakaway 1:33 into the third ended that momentum, and Henrique added another 3 ½ minutes later. 

Hall finished off the scoring with a 170-foot empty-netter after the Flyers had pulled the goaltender with about five minutes left in the third. Steve Mason started the game and played 41:29 before departing with cramping following Hall's goal. Mason stopped 19 shots, while Michal Neuvirth stopped four of the five he saw in relief. Keith Kinkaid turned away 17 of the Flyers' 19 bids.

2. TURNING POINT
Taylor Hall's third period goal to put the Devils up, 4-2, a 1:33 into the frame turned into tonight's difference maker… The Flyers fought back from a 3-1 deficit with a goal midway through the second period and entered the final 20 minutes with a chance of knotting the score, but Hall's breakaway goal on Mason put the Devils up by two and flipped momentum back on the side of New Jersey.

3. THREE STARS

1 - Adam Henrique: Recorded the second and fifth Devils goal tonight for his first multi-goal game of the season.

2 - Kyle Palmieri: Had a goal and an assist for his second straight multi-point game… Also recorded a plus-minus rating of +4.

3 - Travis Zajac: Also posted a multi-point game with two assists and had a +4 rating.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* Claude Giroux extended point streak to six straight games with an assist tonight on the Flyers first goal… He now has six points (2g-4a) during this streak.

* Goaltender Steve Mason left the game early in the third period due to cramping, according to GM Ron Hextall.

* Ivan Provorov logged over 24 minutes of ice time (24:42) for the 16th time this season.
 
* Michael Del Zotto recorded his second multi-point game of the year, both of which have taken place this month. The goal was his first since December 14 at Colorado.

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