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Mike Cammalleri tied the game with a minute to play in regulation, but the Flyers recovered and Matt Read scored his first career overtime goal to lift the Flyers to their fourth consecutive win. The Devils got on the board first with an unassisted goal from Stefan Matteau in the first period, but the Flyers answered with power play goals from Wayne Simmonds at 9:56 of the first and Claude Giroux at 7:12 of the second to take a 2-1 lead. The teams went back and forth from there – Kyle Palmieri tied it up at 2-2 just 1:55 into the third, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare then regained the lead for the Flyers with a goal at 9:30 of the frame. But with a power play and their goaltender pulled for a 6-on-4 advantage, Cammalleri poked home a loose puck to force the OT. Read’s goal came at the end of a 2-on-1 with Sean Couturier on a shot that rolled over the shoulder of Devils netminder Corey Schneider and over the line. Schneider stopped 21 of 25 in the loss, while Michal Neuvirth took the win with 15 saves on 18 shots.
Although the Devils eventually forced overtime, the Flyers kept momentum going their way on a sequence just before the halfway point of the third period that led to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s goal. Evgeny Medvedev rocketed a slapshot from the right point that dented the crossbar. The Devils collected the rebound and tried to clear, but Nick Schultz hustled to keep the puck in on the left point and then returned it to Medvedev, who rocketed another shot that hit Chris VandeVelde on its way to Schneider. Bellemare was falling down as he put home the rebound to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead.
1ST – Matt Read: His overtime game-winning goal was the first of his career. Although Read had gone 11 games without a goal, it came one game after he took a career-high six shots at Ottawa and had posted a total of 13 shots in the three games leading up to tonight. Read’s 19:47 of ice time tonight was his second highest of the season.
2ND – Mike Cammalleri: His 10th goal of the year tied the game and got the Devils an important standings point. Cammalleri leads the Devils with 28 points in 26 games in what could be his best season of his career – he hasn’t posted more than a point per game since he had 82 points in 81 games for Calgary in 2008-09.
3RD – Claude Giroux: His two power-play points, a goal and assist, marked his team-leading 21st and 22nd points of the year. He’s recorded 12 of those 22 points – four goals and eight assists – on the man-advantage. Giroux has played better than a point-per-game pace since November 1, recording 17 points (6G, 11A) in 16 games.
Flyers equipment manager Harry Bricker worked his 2000th career game… The Flyers went beyond regulation for the 11th time this season. It was the ninth of those 11 games that has ended in overtime; the Flyers are 5-4 in those nine games… In addition to his goal and assist, Giroux had four shots on goal, two hits and was 10-for-17 on faceoffs (58.8 pct)… Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored a goal, had eight total shot attempts – three on goal, one that was blocked and four that missed – and was 5-for-7 on faceoffs…. Wayne Simmonds scored for the third consecutive game. He has four goals and two assists for six points in his last three games… The Flyers committed just two giveaways in the game and capitalized on nine Devils giveaways… The win was the Flyers’ fourth in a row, and their third in a row on the road.
“I just knew that Coots and I had a lot of time. I was looking for a pass pretty much the whole time and I didn’t have it. So I looked for a shot, and I’d say it’s pretty lucky – it hit the goalie in the shoulder and rolls over and goes in the net.”
“It’s not the system. This is about the players and how they go out there and play together. They’re just competing hard together. That’s what it’s about."