If you saw Saturday’s win against this club or Tuesday’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, you essentially saw tonight’s 3-0 loss for the Philadelphia Flyers to the New Jersey Devils. Adam Henrique, Cam Janssen, and Jaromir Jagr beat Ray Emery tonight for the visitors, while Martin Brodeur posted a 22-save shutout.
Emery had two deflections beat him, but he didn’t have any memorable saves for the Orange and Black. The Flyers were shutout for the second time in four games and the second straight time on home ice.
There were minimal scoring chances for either team, but unfortunately for the Flyers, the Devils had a pair of ugly goals go past Emery. That doesn’t mean the Flyers deserved to win this game in any manner. New Jersey’s penalty kill outworked Philly’s power play and the visitors spent plenty of time cycling in the Flyers’ zone.
“Yeah, it’s very frustrating,” said Craig Berube following his team’s second straight loss. “The power play was outworked.”
The best offensive chances for the Flyers were a few missed shots on net from the slot. No goal posts were hit, no wide open nets missed, just a few shots that were still somewhat contested that flew high and wide of the net. Brodeur may have posted the shutout, but there weren’t many saves that required athleticism.
The blue line, which features six defensemen who barely ever join the rush, may need an appearance from Erik Gustafsson to at least change things up. Recently removed from the lineup, Gustafsson is able to move the puck well and join the rush more than any other d-man on the team. Two of the best chances the Flyers had tonight came when Andrej Meszaros joined the rush in the first period and Kimmo Timonen joined the rush in the second period. They weren’t noticeable chances, because each one had a pass broken up or intercepted, but they were two of the better opportunities nonetheless.
The game-winning goal came on a deflection from Henrique. Less than two minutes into the game, a shot from Eric Gelinas at the point near the Flyers’ bench let go off a shot that Henrique was able to put past Emery. It was Henrique’s fifth goal of the season, Gelinas’ second assist of the campaign, and Michael Ryder provided his second helper of the year with the secondary assist.
For the rest of the first period, the Flyers and Devils failed to produce another goal, as the hosts failed to get shots to the net. Philly’s best chances in the frame came with people crashing the crease. However, those chances weren’t great threats, as nobody who actually crashed the net was able to grab a hold of the puck.
It was much of the same in the second period between the clubs, as the Devils headed into the final stanza with a 16-14 shot advantage.
The final period was more of the same for both teams, except Janssen potted his first goal this season to make it 2-0 with 16:59 left in regulation. Jagr put home an empty-net goal to make the loss that much better and finalize the score at 3-0.
The Orange and Black look to hopefully score a goal or two and provide a win to end their two-game skid on Saturday, as they host the Edmonton Oilers in a matinee game.
Notes: The Flyers have gone 163:26 at home without a goal dating back to Vincent Lecavalier’s power-play goal against the Anaheim Ducks…Tonight was Nicklas Grossmann’s 400th NHL game. He had one hit and three blocked shots in 21:37 TOI…The Flyers dropped to 0-5-0 when trailing after one period and 0-6-0 when trailing after two periods…Jagr now has 1,699 points in the NHL…Brodeur recorded his first shutout of the season and the 122nd of his career…Along with Gustafsson, Luke Schenn and Jay Rosehill were scratched for the Flyers. Mark Fayne, Jacob Josefson, and Jon Merrill were scratched for the Devils…Henrique’s goal ended a 151:03 goal drought for the Devils…Dainius Zubrus had one shot on goal in 19:22 TOI against his former team…Janssen’s goal tonight was his first point of the season. It ended a 28-game streak without a point and snapped a 56-game goal drought…The Flyers dropped to 1-1-0 against the Devils this season, 3-4-1 against the Metropolitan Division, and to 4-7-1 against the Eastern Conference…Philly is now 4-10-1. They were 6-8-1 last year after 15 games.