The Philadelphia Flyers wrapped up their disappointing season on a high note on Monday night. The Flyers beat the Devils by a final score of 4-2.
The Flyers started out the game rather slowly. The Devils came out with some jump and took advantage.
Pavel Zacha opened the scoring for the Devils just 3:29 into the game. The Flyers turned the puck over behind the net and broke down in front, allowing Zacha an easy tap-in goal.
James van Riemsdyk nearly got it back on a two-on-one rush, but he was denied.
Then, things went from bad to worse for the Flyers. Nicolas Aube-Kubel turned the puck over near the blue line instead of clearing the zone and the Devils made the Flyers pay.
Janne Kuokkanen got to a loose puck off a blocked shot and beat Brian Elliott from the side.
There was another odd-man rush shortly after this goal as well, but for the Devils this time. Jesper Boqvist was denied in front on a chance to make it a 3-0 game early.
The Flyers pushed back a bit after that. The fourth line generated some time in the offensive zone and then Jakub Voracek had a chance off the rush just past the midway point of the period.
There were a few missed chances, but the Flyres got on the board a few minutes later.
Wade Allison made a nice little chip pass along the boards to spring Joel Farabee and Kevin Hayes on a rush. Hayes dangled and passed it to Farabee, who put a nice move on Scott Wedgewood to slide the puck home.
It was a filthy finish for Farabee to score his 19th goal of the season.
That gave the Flyers some life, but the Devils still had their chances on Flyers mistakes. Neither team could score another before the period was up, though.
Shayne Gostisbehere got the puck in the high slot and drew a hooking penalty against Zacha in the waning seconds of the period for the game’s first power play.
The Flyers had 1:58 of power-play time carry over into the second period.
The Flyers didn’t do much with the 1:58 of power play time. The top unit got the puck into the low slot but couldn’t jam it home, and the second unit hardly got set up
The top line gave the Flyers a few good shifts early in the second period but couldn’t convert just yet.
The Flyers got their second power play of the game just over five minutes into the period. They were in the zone for almost all of the two minutes, but once again could not score. Cam York showed off his power-play prowess as he had two nice keeps of the puck at the blue line to extend that zone time.
After not converting on the power play again, the top line went to work. Claude Giroux was denied on a one-timer off the rush. However, the top line would finally score.
That tied the game at two and the Flyers were back in it. They had their third power play of the game shortly thereafter, but it was nothing going once again.
They continued to push and generate pressure, but couldn’t score again.
The Devils had a prime opportunity in the final minutes. Brian Elliott stretched out to rob Jesper Bratt in close.
The Flyers and Devils took a 2-2 score into the second intermission.
It was an eventful period for Scott Laughton, who was denied on an early chance.
After three power plays for the Flyers through two periods, the Devils were due for at least one in the third. They got one thanks to a Nicolas Aube-Kubel hooking penalty in the neutral zone.
The Flyers penalty kill has been pretty poor this season, but they killed this one off. Then, the Devils got another power play after Laughton was called for a slashing penalty.
The Devils had a few chances on their second power play, but Claude Giroux came up with a key blocked shot and the Flyers were able to clear the zone.
After killing off the two penalties, the Flyers got another power play after Laughton was slashed.
And they finally scored a power-play goal.
Claude Giroux sent a cross-ice pass to Sean Couturier, who fed James van Riemsdyk for a goal.
It was a great passing play to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead in the third period. And they weren’t done.
Joel Farabee came into the game needing two goals to reach the 20-goal mark in his sophomore season. He scored in the second period and hit that mark in the third.
Farabee passed the puck to Allison and scored No. 20 on the rebound.
They knew it was No. 20.
The Devils pulled their goalie, but the Flyers hung on for the 4-2 win in the season finale.
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