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Fly-by: Flyers 4, Devils 1

Saturday, 01.21.2012 / 1:52 PM ET / News
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Fly-by: Flyers 4, Devils 1
Saturday, January 21, 2012
FINAL
4 - 1
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Flyers 0 2 2 4
Devils 0 1 0 1
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GOAL SCORERS

PHI:   M. Read (09:30 - 2nd) , S. Hartnell (PPG, 13:04 - 2nd) , S. Hartnell (PPG, 08:07 - 3rd) , W. Simmonds (EN, 17:38 - 3rd)
NJD:   A. Ponikarovsky (13:32 - 2nd)
GOALIES

 NJD: M. Brodeur (L)

   
  LAVIOLETTE 
  SIMMONDS    HARTNELL 
BRYZ DIALED IN
Ilya Bryzgalov is starting to get dialed in. And that's good news for Flyers fans.

With a talented group of forwards and a team that had won three of it's last four and five of its last seven games, the Devils could only manage to get one goal on 31 shots past Bryzgalov.
 
"He seems like he's really focused on what he's doing in there right now," said Laviolette. "I think our guys have done a good job in front of him, even tonight. New Jersey has a lot of skill out there and guys did a good job, but there's always going to be chances… He made some quick leg saves and he seemed in control of what he was doing out there."

This wouldn't be the first time that Bryzgalov has had success against the Devils. He stopped all 20 shots he faced in the teams' first meeting of the year for a 3-0 shut out victory.

The Devils weren't the reason for success in this case. In his last start, Bryzgalov also turned aside all but one shot, stopping 25 of 26 to guide the Flyers to a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Jan. 17.

Tonight however, Bryzgalov fought off six power-plays and over nine minutes of time on the man-advantage for Devils.

"He's been working hard the last couple weeks. He's getting out there and playing [the puck], chipping it into the corners, stopping it," said Scott Hartnell. "It makes it easier for our defenseman for breakouts. Obviously when he's making some saves he's one of the best goalies in the League."

Bryzgalov is now 4-2-0 in his last six starts in net and with tonight's victory earned his 18th win of the season and lowered his goals-against average to 2.94.
Today was Scott Hartnell’s third two-goal game of the season and the 24th of his career.
 
Wayne Simmonds posted the first three-point game of his career.
 
Jody Shelley’s fight put him at 1,496 penalty minutes for his career.
 
The Flyers had 20 shots tonight, their second-fewest total on the season (15 at TBL, 11-9-11) and their fewest in a win this season.
 
Matt Read scored his 15th goal of the season, adding to his league lead among rookies.  He now has 31 points on the year, which puts him four off of the overall league lead among rookies.
 
Claude Giroux was 60 percent on faceoffs (15 of 25), marking the sixth consecutive game where he’s been above 50 percent on draws.
Wayne Simmonds
With his three-point night, Wayne Simmonds takes the first Flyers star.

Simmonds finished off the Devils with an empty-netter with 2:22 left in the game, but his contributions came far earlier than that in the game.

Simmonds set up shop and did the dirty work in front of the net to set up rookie Matt Read for the Flyers first goal.

Although he didn't get a point on the play, Simmonds set up shop and was right back in front for the second Flyers goal of the night. Simmonds would help set up Hartnell's second goal of the night to record his first three-point game of his young career.

He's moving his feet, pucks are on his stick and he seems to have a lot of confidence right now. It was a good game for him."
-Peter Laviolette on Wayne Simmonds

"He makes some great plays down low in the trenches and that's not easy work. It's hard to find guys like that love to do that… and it's nice to see a guy get rewarded and have a good stretch."
-Scott Hartnell on Wayne Simmonds
Tonight's turning point came on the power play at 8:07 of the third period when Scott Hartnell scored his 22nd goal of the season.

The goal also gave the Flyers their two-goal lead back with the Devils threatening to tie the game up.

On the man-advantage, Claude Giroux was circling behind the net and saw Hartnell cutting to the slot.

Hartnell made no mistake about it and fired a one-timer past Martin Brodeur.
PIC OF THE DAY: Max Talbot lays a body check on Devils' Adam Larsson.

Flyers 4, Devils 1
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Jaromir Jagr's injury forced the Philadelphia Flyers to adjust their power play.

It worked just fine without him.

Jagr left in the first period of the Flyers' 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, and didn't return. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette made some changes to the power play, that was facing the NHL's best penalty-killers.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 75 21 53 7 74
C. Giroux 74 22 46 1 68
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 75 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 75 13 17 1 30
M. Read 73 7 22 -7 29
M. Del Zotto 57 9 19 -5 28
M. Raffl 60 19 6 6 25
V. Lecavalier 51 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 10 .926 2.25
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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