The Liberty Bell Rings in the City of Brotherly Love as the Devils Fall to the Flyers in a Shootout

New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers

Stars of the game:

1: Giroux (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)

2. Talbot (Goals: 1, Assits:0)

3. Clarkson (Goals: 1, Assits: 0)

It was a game that started with quite a bit of hype.  Moose was starting in his 11th straight game, and was on a high after stopping 46 of 50 shots along with a two game win streak while Bryzgalov, the Flyers goalie, was quoted as saying that the Flyers wouldn’t make the playoffs if they didn’t win tonight’s game.  After the Devils gave the Flyers a 5-2 smack down in New Jersey on Wednesday, the Devils Army believed that his fear would become reality.  Yet in the end, it was the Devils who snapped a two game win streak and left the City of Brotherly Love with just one point.

The first period had a lack luster start, with a dull crowd and some pretty basic plays.  Greene was the first to take a penalty for slashing against Briere, and the Flyers went on the offensive with a two minute man advantage.  Not to be outdone, the Flyers followed suit by taking two concurrent penalties - Voracek two minutes for hooking Larsson and Simmonds two minutes for roughing Larsson.  Yet with the four on three that quickly turned into a five on three, the Devils couldn’t score and the penalty kill seemed to give the Flyers, and their fans, new life.  Fifteen minutes into the game, the Flyers scored the only goal of the first period when Talbot buried one in the net while Moose was accidentally wiped out by his own defensemen.

The Devils started the second period with a successful penalty kill after Salvador got two minutes for holding Rinaldo, and at 6:09 into the period Clarkson scored with a beautiful tip-in in front of the net to tie the score 1-1.  The period wrapped up with an unsuccessful Devils PowerPlay after Rinaldo took two minutes for boarding. 

The third period included a ping-pong match of penalties - Zidlicky for high-sticking, Hartnell for slashing, Volchenkov for interference and Schenn or charging.  You can safely bet that the league will be reviewing Schenn’s charging call against Harrold, and he just might be expecting a call from Mr. Shanahan.  Yet in the end, neither team was able to score.

The Devils dominated the five minute overtime, outshooting the Flyers 10-5.  Many shots were close yet went wide of the net, and in the end neither team was able to score and the game went into a shootout.

Going into tonight’s game, the Devils held a 7-0 record against the Flyers in shootout situations.  When the skills competition started, Read scored first only to be matched by the sharp stick of Kovalchuk.  Giroux was the second, and last, to score in the shootout while Clarkson, Briere and Elias all missed their individual opportunities.

While the Devils fell with a score of 1-2 to the Flyers, they received one point from tonight’s game  and are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 32 points.

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Posted on March 16, 2013, in Devils Army, Game Recap, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils Fans, NHL and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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