Flyers lose against the Devils

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The Flyers enter the game against the Devils coming off a pair of back to back wins against the Coyotes and the Golden Knights. The Devils enter the game fresh off a five to three loss to the Bruins and on a current four-game losing streak.

The Flyers hold a one-win lead in the season series between the two teams. The Devils lone win in the series came in the last game when the Flyers gave up a two-goal lead.

First Period

The Flyers started the game with a jump in their game and were able to control most of the play early in the game. The Flyers only needed just under two minutes to get the early advantage, Travis Konecny took a long cross-ice pass from Claude Giroux and beat Keith Kinkaid to the stick side for the early one nothing lead.

Second Period

The second period was a more wide open period with defensive mistakes and a few mental lapses allowing both teams to light the lamp three times.

The Devils scored first on a goal that Michal Neuvirth should have had. Taylor Hall took a shot from the goal line that managed to get by the short side of Neuvirth to tie the game at one.

The Flyers only needed forty seconds to take the lead back once again. Scott Laughton took a pass from Michael Raffl and stuffed the puck by the pad of Kinkaid. The Flyers scored again just over five minutes later when Radko Gudas took a slap shot from the point that made its way through a sea of players in front of the Devils net to give the Flyers a two-goal lead.

The Flyers once again went back to the same old passive play that seems to always allow the other teams to get back into games. The Devils took advantage of the passive play by the Flyers just three minutes after the Gudas goal. John Moore took a pass from Travis Zajac and beat Neuvirth just under the glove to narrow the lead to one goal.

The Flyers went on the power play when Travis Zajac picked up the penalty for crosschecking Jordan Weal with just under five minutes to go in the period. Claude Giroux needed only fifty seconds to once again put the Flyers ahead by two goals. Giroux took a shot from the far faceoff circle that hit the stick of a Devils defender and deflected between the legs of Kinkaid.

The Flyers then had a mental breakdown and had multiple players just standing around in the neutral zone which cause Ivan Provorov to have no options when he brought the far boards into the neutral zone. The lack of options for Provorov caused the Flyers defenseman to turn the puck over just outside the Flyers blue line. The Devils then picked up the puck and had a two on one rush into the Flyers zone. Andrew MacDonald misplayed not one but two cross-ice passes which allowed Nico Hischer to one time the puck past the flailing Neuvirth to narrow the Flyers lead to only one goal.

Third Period

The Flyers reverted back to the passive play that they have been known for after they get leads on their opponents in the third period and were outshot twelve to seven. The Devils kept up their attack on a Flyers team that seemed to be happy rolling the dice by allowing opposing teams to spend the majority of third periods in the Flyers end. With Kinkaid pulled the Flyers once again had a defensive zone breakdown allowing Taylor to stand beside the Flyers net with no flyers player within 5 feet of the most dangerous player on the Devils team. A rebound came right to the stick of Hall and he deposited the puck into a wide-open net to tie a game that the Flyers had well in hand through most of the game. The Flyers now have allowed the Devils to come back from two goals down in back to back games between the two teams. The game would end in a four to four tie.

Overtime

The Flyers passive play spilled over into the extra time frame allowing the Devils to control most of the play early in overtime. the Flyers did manage two shots on goal at the end of the extra period but were unable to get anything past the Devils goaltender and the game went on to a shootout.

Shootout

The Flyers once again lost in the practice session at the end of tie hockey games when Drew Stafford put a puck between the legs of Neuvirth.

Up next

The Flyers next game is against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. After falling flat on their face against the Devils the Flyers need to bring their A-game if they hope to continue their climb in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus currently sits one point behind Carolina for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers are 10 W 10 L 3 T and 6 OTL all-time against the Blue Jackets and have lost ten of the last twelve games including five that have gone to overtime or a shootout.

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