The Flyers Almost Made a Great Comeback But Devils Hold On
The Flyers on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center played two games within one against the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers in the third period tried to make a comeback but the deficit was just too much to overcome in the third period.
The Flyers going into the third period were facing a 6-0 deficit. The Flyers came right on in the third period like they should of started the game, with a lot of intensity and in full force at the New Jersey Devils. The Devils held on for a 6-4 victory over the Flyers. In the third period the Flyers out shot the Devils, 24-1 and also outscored the Devils, 4-0 in the final period. The Flyers really believed they could come all the way back and beat the Devils.
The Philadelphia Flyers must quickly forget about this game and focus their attention on traveling up the New Jersey Turnpike and take on the Eastern Conference leaders, the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in a very important match-up. This is also a key four point swing in the Atlantic Division race as well. The Rangers did not play on Saturday so they will be rested and ready for the Flyers. The Rangers are 3-0 thus far this season against the Flyers.
The Devils got on the scoreboard first in the first period, three minutes, nine seconds taking a 1-0 lead, scoring on a 5-on-3 power play. The Devils Kurtis Foster scored after receiving a pass from Patrick Elias. The flood gates than quickly opened up when the Flyers allowed four goals by the Devils in a time span of less than three minutes from the first period into the second period. The Devils scored two goals in the final minute of the first period.
The Flyers Claude Giroux appeared to have been tripped and speared by former Flyer Damius Zybrus but no penalty was called. Zybrus took the puck and passed to Ilya Kovalchuk who scored for the Devils. Zybrus than scored with one second left in the opening period.
The Devils came out in the second period and quickly scored in the first two minutes of the period. Zach Parise scored on a power play 38 seconds into the period. The Devils make the score 5-0 on a Alexei Powikarovsky goal, 1:37 into the second period. The Devils went up 6-0 on a power play goal by Foster with 11:38 left in the second period and Bobrovsky was pulled and Ilya Bryzgalov came in.
The Flyers came out in the third period with intensity and just totally took the game to the Devils and tried their best to get back into the game. They out shot the Devils in the final period, 24-1 and almost made the complete comeback.
Wayne Simmonds got the Flyers first goal in the third period with a goal with 16:01 left in the period. Jagr made it 6-2 with 10:37 left. Claude Giroux made it 6-3 on a power play with 7:20 left in the third period. Voracek made it 6-4 with 6:29 left and the Wells Fargo Center crowd went crazy and began to believe the Flyers were going to come back. The Flyers kept after the Devils and the pressure continued on the Devils but the Flyers could not come back and the Devils escaped with the win.