By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers are looking to rebound after a collapse versus the Blue Jackets just two days ago. A win won’t be easy though, as the Devils are one of the top teams in the Metro division at the start of the 2018-19 season.
First period: Both team opened with some sloppy play, but cleaned up into a solid period of hockey. Raffl was charged with the game’s first penalty, a questionable hooking call. It didn’t take long for the Devils to capitalize on the opportunity as Severson was left all alone on the faceoff dot. The Flyers would be awarded the next three powerplays, though only cashing in on one thanks to a Konecny laser from the top of the circle.
Second period: Even though the shot count was low, the Flyers played a much stronger game. The teams would exchange penalties throughout the period, but neither were able to hit paydirt. Gudas took a spill at the blueline, which lead to a Devils rush, however the Flyers stopped it, which lead to a rush of their own and an amazing Voracek pass finds Nolan Patrick for his first goal of the season, and it gave the Flyers the late 2-1 lead.
Third period: The third period opened up with a powerplay goal by Brian Boyle, which after review was deemed a good goal. the next 17 minutes was a very tight hockey game, reminiscent of the good ‘ol Flyers vs Devils games. It would be the Flyers to break the tie thanks to a Voracek goal when he opted to shoot on a two-on-one. A pair of empty-net goals from Simmonds and Laughton would wrap up a solid contest and give the Flyers a win.
Takeaways: Talk about a much-needed win. It not only brings them back to .500. but it hopefully instills some confidence in a struggling team. With the new-look lines a little worrisome at first, they pretty much all panned out.
Three stars of the game:
3) Radko Gudas
2) Jordan Weal
1) Jake Voracek
NJ: Severson (Johansson, Wood)
PHI: Konecny (Sanheim, Weal)
PHI: Patrick (Voracek)
NJ: Boyle (Butcher, Hall)
PHI: Voracek ( Provorov, Sanheim)
PHI: Simmonds (Giroux, Provorov)
PHI: Laughton (Voracek, Lehtera)
photo credit: insidehockey.com