By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers come into a matinée with the Devils looking to build off their inspiring comeback against the Leafs just two days ago. Philly beat the Devils just one week ago, but it has been a rollercoaster of a week since.
First period: The period opens with big hits from Goulbourne and Provorov before Gostisbehere found Konecny for the game’s first goal. Filppula was the next to score, finishing a tic-tac-toe setup by Gudas and Raffl. Provorov buried his own rebound to bring the Flyers lead to three.
Kinkaid was removed from the game with an injury after the Provorov goal. Ken Appleby made his NHL debut, and immediately made three consecutive saves on Simmonds, Patrick, and Weal. Moore dropped the gloves with Raffl, and the decision went to Raffl.
Second period: A late boarding call in the end of the second period gave the Flyers 1:16 of powerplay time to start the period, which was killed. What followed was a parade to the penalty box for both teams, as the Flyers had two penalties (Laughton for high-sticking and Manning for Roughing) while New Jersey had three (Palmieri for delay of game, Hall for high-sticking, and Zajac for hooking). Only the Devils found twine on the powerplay as Bratt scored the lone Devils goal.
Third period: The Flyers started the third period with 1:30 of powerplay hangover time. The rest of the period was a back-and-fourth affair, mainly controlled by the Flyers. The Devils pulled Appleby twice on the last two minutes, but the Flyers failed to capitalize on that opportunity.
Takeaways: It was another solid showing from the Flyers. Now if only they could find some kind of consistency in their game to have strong efforts every game. It was their fifth straight home victory, a stat that could come in handy as the season continues.
Three stars of the game
3) Ivan Provorov
2) Michal Neuvirth
1) Travis Konecny
PHI: Konecny (Gostisbehere, Laughton)
PHI: Filppula (Raffl, Gudas)
PHI: Provorov (Giroux, Konecny)
NJ: Bratt (Butcher, Hall)
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