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Read gives Flyers win against Devils, fourth in row

by Mike G. Morreale

NEWARK, N.J. -- Matt Read scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career with 1:36 remaining to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

The goal was the first in 12 games for Read. Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored, and Michal Neuvirth made 15 saves for the Flyers (11-10-5), who have won four straight and five of their past six.

"[Read] has been doing a lot of good things, and he's doing things right but just hasn't been getting some of the bounces, so to see him score that goal, and such an important goal, it's huge and it kind of lifted the weight off his shoulders," Simmonds said.

Read skated into the Devils end on a 2-on-1 with Sean Couturier and slowed down in the left circle before taking a shot that deflected off the shoulder of goaltender Cory Schneider into the net.

"He's been a little snake-bitten but has had opportunities," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "I don't know if this one got 6 inches across the line or not, but it was nice to see one go in. Hopefully that will spark him."

Read said it was a relief to finally score his fourth of the season.

"It's been a while and it is a big weight off," he said. "[Couturier] and I had a lot of time on the breakout in overtime and I was just looking for a pass the whole time. When I didn't have it, I looked for a shot and I'd say it was pretty lucky to hit the goalie in the shoulder and go into the net."

It was the second time in the past 14 starts that Schneider (11-7-3) allowed more than two goals.

"I don't like giving up four goals and I could have had a better game," he said. "It's been a while since I've given up three or four. I felt I could have given my team a better chance to win."

The Flyers have outscored their opponents 14-7 during their win streak.

"I really believe we're not getting as frustrated as we used to," Giroux said. "We're a confident bunch. We have each other's back and we support each other on the ice, so we're not worried about mistakes. When mistakes happen, we make sure they don't happen again."

Stefan Matteau, Kyle Palmieri and Mike Cammalleri scored, and Schneider made 21 saves for the Devils (13-10-3), who have lost four of six. It was their first loss in five overtime games.

Cammalleri scored with Schneider pulled for a 6-on-4 advantage with 1:00 remaining in the third period to pull the Devils into a 3-3 tie. Bellemare was called for tripping Jacob Josefson with 2:21 left. The power-play goal was the 100th of Cammalleri's NHL career.

"I thought this was a little bit of a test of mental toughness and I have a lot of respect for our group," Devils coach John Hynes said. "We didn't have our best game for 40 minutes, but we found a way to claw back in and stay in it. We found a way to get a point."

Bellemare gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead off a rebound 9:30 into the third. Chris VandeVelde took the initial shot that was stopped by Schneider, but Bellemare was able to track the puck with Devils defenseman John Moore checking from behind and score his second of the season.

"We trust each other and we play for each other and we believe in the system even in those tight games," Bellemare said. "We just keep playing the same way and at the end got the win."

Palmieri scored his 10th goal just as a Flyers penalty expired to tie it 2-2 1:55 into the third. He took a pass in the left circle from Patrik Elias and scored with Neuvirth unable to get into position.

The Flyers took a 2-1 lead when Giroux scored on a 5-on-3 advantage 7:12 into the second period with Palmieri in the penalty box for hooking and Andy Greene for delay of game. Jakub Voracek controlled a puck in the right circle and fed Giroux in the left circle. The Flyers captain waited for Schneider to go down before scoring his ninth of the season.

Simmonds, who has at least one goal in three straight games, scored on a power play 9:56 into the first period to tie the game 1-1. A cross-ice pass from Voracek deflected off the left skate of Simmonds at the left post, and deflected off the pad of Schneider and over the line. The goal was the seventh of the season for Simmonds, all on the road.

Matteau gave the Devils a 1-0 lead on his first goal of the season at 6:36. After skating by defenseman Michael Del Zotto down right wing, Matteau released a backhand from low in the circle that beat Neuvirth between the pads.

"We feel good about ourselves and are confident about ourselves and the team," Simmonds said. "We were in a lot of one-goal games early on and we would hang our heads. But we've done a good job lately."

The Flyers have won their past three one-goal games and are 7-1-5 in them this season. They host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

The Devils host the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

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