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POSTGAME: Devils take preseason finale over Flyers in a shootout

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey 3, Flyers 2 (SO) at Prudential Center

After a scoreless first 30 minutes, the Flyers and Devils traded a total of four goals and ended up in a shootout, which New Jersey won to take the 3-2 decision. Ryan White gave the Flyers the 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 11:03 of the second, and it was 1-0 Flyers after two periods. Jiri Tlusty then tied it 3:36 into the third on the power play, only to see Jake Voracek regain the lead with his own power play goal just over 1:20 later. Jacob Josefson later tied it for the Devils and then scored the game winner in the shootout after an action-filled, but scoreless, 3-on-3 overtime. Steve Mason made 29 saves, while Cory Schnider stopped 21.

“I liked our second period,” said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol. “I liked a lot of the things we did checking in the third, the first half of the third. I guess I would have liked to see us generate a little bit more in the third and keep our foot on the gas a little bit more than we did in the third period.

“The first period was just a sluggish period overall. Sometimes you’ve got to build games like that, and I thought we did that. Our biggest problem in the first period was allowing them to get their neutral zone set up every time. We did a better job in the second period of getting that puck moving up ice, whether it was a possession play we were able to forecheck or otherwise, we did a better job of being able to get that puck moving before they were in their set.”

  • Claude Giroux recorded two assists and finished the preseason with four assists in five games.
  • Only two Flyers, Brayden Schenn and Sam Gagner, appeared in all six possible preseason games for the Flyers. Schenn had four points (3g-1a), while Gagner also had four points (1g-3a).

  • POSTGAME REACTION

          HEAD COACH: Dave Hakstol's comments
        
    Jake Voracek’s goal was his first of the preseason. He wrapped up the slate with a goal and four assists for five points in five games.

“It’s always tough games against the Devils,” Voracek said. “But since the second period I think we skated a little better. We didn’t play bad hockey in my mind; I think we played pretty good. It’s always tough against them. We’ve just got to make sure we dig in system-wise.”

  • The Flyers were 1-for-5 on the power play and finish the preseason 10-for-30 (30 pct).

  • Steve Mason finished the preseason with a 1-0-2 record, a 2.58 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

“I felt really good, especially as the game went on,” Mason said. “It was tough to get into the game; there wasn’t a whole lot of action in the first period, but I finally got some work and felt like I got into my zone again. I take positives from the game for sure.

“It’s the same thing we talked about the last game I was part of, it’s closing out games. It’s something that hurt us last year; it’s hurt us so far in the preseason. We’ve got to bear down. To a man, we’ve got to be better at it. We’re fortunate that it’s preseason and it didn’t cost us any points in the actual standings, but we have to be a better team in the regular season to close out hockey games when we have leads late in the third.”

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