Flyers come up short in 6-4 loss as Devils snap 10-game losing streak
The Philadelphia Flyers have been incredibly inconsistent this season and that continued on Tuesday night. After an emotional comeback victory on Sunday night, the Flyers came out flat against the Devils. They managed just three shots on goal in the first period and fell behind 3-1 after two periods.
The Flyers came back again in the third period, though. They scored two early goals to tie the game at three, then after the Devils took a 4-3 lead, they tied it up again. However, the Flyers allowed a horrible goal just 11 seconds after tying the game that proved to be the game-winner.
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Eight different players had points on the Flyers’ four goals and Brian Elliott made just 21 saves on 26 shots in the loss. This was a game that the Flyers ultimately should’ve won given their chances, but they couldn’t make the most of them. On the other hand, the Devils took advantage of some Flyers mistakes and that was the difference.
The Flyers and Devils played yet another boring period of hockey to start this one out.
A few minutes into the period, Sean Couturier had one of the Flyers’ few chances in the frame. He elected to shoot the puck on a rush, rather than forcing a pass, but MacKenzie Blackwood made the save.
Egor Zamula wasn’t afraid to get physical early in his NHL debut.
Then, after a very slow start, the Flyers had a chance to inject some energy with a four-minute power play.
Unfortunately, Claude Giroux‘s shot that hit the post was their only scoring chance of the four minutes.
The Devils got a few good chances in the period, but Brian Elliott stood tall on most of them. There was some chaos in the crease but he was able to cover up.
New Jersey had another good chance from the circle, but Elliott made the save and covered.
Nolan Patrick was called for holding late in the period and the Devils got their first power play of the game. And the Devils converted.
They whipped the puck around the zone and got a fortunate bounce to open the scoring.
The Flyers’ penalty kill has been horrid this season and that didn’t change against the Devils.
It was a boring period of hockey with the Devils having the better of the play.
Devils: 8 scoring chances, 3 high-danger chances
Flyers: 7 shot attempts, 2 shots on goal
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) April 27, 2021
The second period started out with some light fireworks after Michael McLeod hit Sean Couturier behind the net. It was a clean hit, but Travis Sanheim stood up for his teammate.
Sanheim got the worst of it in the fight and also picked up an extra penalty for roughing.
It’s good to see Sanheim stick up for his teammate, but he isn’t exactly a fighter. To make matters worse, the Devils took a 2-0 lead on the ensuing power play.
Then, less than three minutes later, the Devils had the Flyers hemmed in their own zone and it looked like a power play. After a failed clear, Miles wood threw a shot on goal that found the back of the net to take a 3-0 lead.
Just 15 seconds later, the fourth line answered back. Oskar Lindblom got in on the forecheck and jammed the puck home after a few cracks at it.
Jackson Cates picked up his first career point with an assist on the goal.
The Devils kept pushing and nearly extended their lead, but Elliott made the save on Jesper Bratt.
The officials tried to give the Devils another goal, but the puck clearly hit the crossbar.
"The call on the ice is a goal and the play will be under review."
"And you will be wrong." – Keith Jones pic.twitter.com/1aI4MP20Ym
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) April 28, 2021
The Flyers then had two prime chances created by Scott Laughton.
First, Laughton’s dump-in was poked through the crease by James van Riemsdyk.
Then, after a good poke check by Philippe Myers, Laughton sprung Nolan Patrick on a breakaway, but Patrick was denied.
That started several minutes of exciting hockey for the Flyers, but they couldn’t score another goal before the period was up.
Lindblom's goal marked the turning point in what you want to see from the Flyers. They carried play and had the better of the chances. They just couldn't convert despite out-chancing the Devils 13-7 (8-3 high-danger) at 5v5 in the 2nd. They tripled up the Devils in xGF (1.53-0.5) pic.twitter.com/90eZ4S9vEL
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) April 28, 2021
The Flyers trailed 3-1 after two periods of play.
After a strong, but unlucky, finish to the second period, the Flyers kept it up in the third.
They won a battle in the corner and got the puck to Myers, who sniped his first goal of the season to make it a 3-2 game.
Then, just over one minute later, Claude Giroux scored a beautiful goal.
Giroux tied the game at three in the third period on Sunday night and did it again on Tuesday. The Flyers couldn’t get the next goal, however.
Connor Carrick scored one that Brian Elliott will want back.
He jumped around Myers and beat Elliott, who lost his angle on the net.
Miles Wood nearly scored his second goal of the game to put the Devils up by two goals, but Elliott stoned him on the breakaway.
That was a big save as the Flyers would tie the game at four shortly after. Sean Couturier threw a shot on net that fooled Blackwood to tie it at four.
Unfortunately, just 11 seconds later, the Devils took a 5-4 lead.
There was some miscommunication behind the net and Yegor Sharangovich scored an easy one.
Alain Vigneault pulled Brian Elliott for an extra attacker early and it nearly paid off. Sean Couturier had the puck on his stick with a chance to tie it, but Matt Tennyson saved a goal.
The Devils added on an empty-net goal in the final seconds to win this one 6-4.
The Flyers played better overall on Tuesday than they did on Sunday night, but it still didn’t matter. They followed up a win with a loss yet again and have two more games against the Devils this week.