By Rebecca Werez (@RWerez)
Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers took on their Turnpike rivals, the New Jersey Devils. The work of the devil was at play in the Wells Fargo Center because the Flyers couldn’t find any luck and walked away with a 3-0 loss.
Before the puck even dropped, Flyers fans were buzzing with the news that Radko Gudas would be out against the Devils, with Andrew MacDonald, who hadn’t played the last eight games, taking his place. An injury? Just a healthy scratch? Turns out, Gudas was ill, per GM Ron Hextall.
The game started off slow, with sturdy, clean hockey being played by both teams. There wasn’t much action or excitement until Travis Sanheim fired a shot off the post. Don’t worry, there was more of that to come.
Not long after, New Jersey’s Joey Anderson buried the puck past Brian Elliott, scoring his first NHL goal. A frustrating goal for Elliott, who should have stopped it, but there was plenty of time to bounce back.
Then, Scott Laughton’s shot bounced off of the crossbar, too. Two shots hit the post in the span of six minutes. Very frustrating, to say the least.
The Flyers then headed to the power play, and Shayne Gostisbehere buried the puck past Keith Kinkaid within the first few seconds. To all of Philadelphia’s dismay, the ref quickly dismissed the goal, calling for goalie interference as James van Riemsdyk brushed Kinkaid. Hakstol challenged the call, but after review, the call remained.
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After Gostisbehere’s goal was revoked, the fire left the Flyers and their play became shaky. The Flyers then headed to their second power play of the night, with Nolan Patrick and Travis Konecny both hitting iron. Sigh. Brian Elliott then saved the day with a huge save on New Jersey’s Jesper Bratt as he tried for a wraparound goal.
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Christian Folin then went on to trip a Devil with 3.7 seconds left in the first period.
The Devils started the second period off with a 1:53 power play. The Flyers successfully killed the penalty, and the rest of the game ensued without much excitement.
The Flyers then headed to the penalty kill as Ivan Provorov was called for high sticking. The penalty kill looked clean and was executed nicely, until the last 30 seconds, when Elliott made another huge save to keep the game 1-0.
The game ended up with some 4-on-4 hockey as Nolan Patrick was called for cross checking and New Jersey’s Bratt was called for slashing. Nothing came from the 4-on-4, and both teams headed back to full strength.
A scoreless second period came to an end for the Philadelphia Flyers, as the Devils were still up 1-0.
The third period began and the Flyers reverted back to safe, boring hockey, doing nothing to fight for the win.
Sanheim hit the post, yet again. In case you were wondering, that’s five, yes five, shots that have hit iron in this game. The Flyers should have been up 5-1 at this point, 6-1 had Gostisbehere’s goal counted. Madness.
Brian Elliott failed to go post to post and New Jersey’s Palmieri scored to make it 2-0 Devils. Elliott laid on the ice for some time, obviously in pain, then skated off to have Cal Pickard take his spot between the pipes. Per a recent update, the Flyers have recalled Alex Lyon from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Pickard didn’t stay in net long, as shortly after his appearance, the Flyers had an empty net. Kinkaid then passed the puck straight to Wayne Simmonds with a wide open net and he still failed to bury it. If that wasn’t the epitome of this game, I don’t know what was.
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The Devils answered back with an empty net goal of their own, making the game 3-0.
Not long after, both Simmonds and the Devils’ Severson received 10-minute misconducts towards the end of the game.
Simmonds spark and frustration came too little, too late, as the final score stood 3-0 Devils.
The Flyers will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning this Saturday, 11/17, at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.
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