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Miles Wood carries Devils past Flyers

Forward scores two goals, Keith Kinkaid makes 35 saves for New Jersey

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- New Jersey Devils forward Miles Wood was at the center of just about every big moment during his team's 4-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Wood had his first two-goal NHL game, led the Devils with five shots on goal and three hits and drew a game-changing penalty.

"That's the way I play," Wood said. "It's always fun to be in these type of games. The crowd was great tonight. I thought we fed off of that."


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Wood also was called for two minor penalties but Devils coach John Hynes said he was happy with the rookie's game.

"He was really moving his feet and he was a factor in the game and that's sometimes what happens," Hynes said. "[Friday] night he was working but nothing was going for him. And tonight he responded really well. That's good to see for a rookie, to be able to respond like that in a back to back."

Video: NJD@PHI: Hall sets up Wood for second goal of game

Kyle Palmieri and Pavel Zacha scored and Keith Kinkaid made 35 saves for New Jersey (20-19-9), which won for the sixth time in seven road games (6-0-1).

Kinkaid started for the second straight night in place of Cory Schneider, who is sick. He had 23 saves in a 3-1 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.

"Everyone was going until the end," Kinkaid said. "Everyone's in and I think we out-battled them in every facet of the game."

Video: NJD@PHI: Kinkaid uses blocker to deny Cousins

The Devils had 29 shots on goal after having 17 on Friday.

"That was a little more indicative of how we have to be able to compete and play, so that was the type of response we were looking for after [Friday] night," Hynes said.

Travis Konecny scored for Philadelphia (22-19-6), which lost for the 12th time in 15 games (3-9-3). Michal Neuvirth was removed for precautionary reasons after making 22 saves in two periods. Steve Mason replaced him to start the third and had three saves.

Video: NJD@PHI: Konecny pokes puck in under Kinkaid

It's the third time in the past four games the Flyers have used two goaltenders.

The game changed when Radko Gudas was called for clipping against Wood at 15:34 of the second period, and then Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing the penalty on Gudas.

The Devils needed 17 seconds of the 5-on-3 advantage to score, with Palmieri beating Neuvirth with a slap shot from the right circle at 15:51 for a 2-1 lead.

"Our power play stepped up in the 5-on-3 and [Palmieri] put the goal in and that was huge for us," Wood said.

Simmonds said he was at fault for putting the Flyers two men down in a crucial situation.

"I'll take blame for that," he said. "I didn't agree with the penalty [and] I got an extra two, that's my fault. They score a goal, make it 2-1, that's a momentum changer. I take all of the blame for that."

Video: NJD@PHI: Kinkaid shoulders away Cousins' attempt

Wood gave the Devils a 3-1 lead when he scored on a breakaway with 47.1 seconds left. He also scored on the power play at 4:26 of the third when Taylor Hall found him open on the right post for a tap-in to make it 4-1.

The Devils took a 1-0 lead at 7:11 of the first period on Zacha's fourth goal. He knocked the puck off Simmonds' stick, got it back on a between-the-legs backhand pass from Jacob Josefson and beat Neuvirth with a backhand shot.

Konecny tied the game when he poked a puck under Kinkaid at 10:49.

Goal of the game

The Devils took advantage of a bad Flyers line change and Wood capitalized for a two-goal lead.

Video: NJD@PHI: Wood shows off speed and fires puck home

Save of the game

Hall got a great chance 23 seconds into the game when he skated around the Flyers net and tried to stuff the puck in on the right post, but Neuvirth got his right pad down.


Highlight of the game

Josefson made a beautiful pass to Zacha to set up his goal.

Video: NJD@PHI: Zacha handles pass and scoops in backhand

Unsung performance of the game

Devils center Adam Henrique dove to keep the puck in the offensive zone on the play that led to Palmieri's go-ahead power-play goal.

Video: NJD@PHI: Palmieri beats Neuvirth on five-on-three

They said it

"If we want to rest on confidence sagging, that's the wrong answer. Our answer is pull together, dig in and get back to work." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol

Need to know

Wood said he wore No. 28 in prep school and college in honor of his favorite player, Flyers captain Claude Giroux. … The Devils blocked 32 shots. … The Flyers had 85 shot attempts, with 36 on goal and 17 missed shots. … The Flyers went 0-for-6 on the power play.

What's next

Devils: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Flyers: At the New York Islanders on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; MSG+, CSN-PH, NHL.TV)


Video: Wood scores a pair as Devils beat Flyers, 4-1

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