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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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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