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Fly-by: Devils 4, Flyers 1

Sunday, 03.11.2012 / 7:02 PM ET / News
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Fly-by: Devils 4, Flyers 1

   
           
  Laviolette    Giroux    Coburn
STREAK NO MORE
The saying goes 'All good things come to an end'. Tonight in Newark that certainly was the case for the Flyers, who fell to their Atlantic Division rival New Jersey Devils by a score of 4-1, ending their five-game winning streak.

The Flyers were coming off three games in a span of four nights, this being the back-end of games on consecutive nights, and admitted to not having their best effort throughout the game.

"I don't think that's an excuse," said defenseman Braydon Coburn on the fatigue factor. "We have a fit team here. We have a lot of young guys; we have guys that are fast and powerful skaters so there's no excuses not to have our legs under us."

The Flyers did show a brief moment of play that had guided them to five straight victories  by coming out swinging to start the third period, but a quick Devils response put them behind the eight-ball again.

Said Claude Giroux: "We lost a lot of battles one-on-one and that's not the kind of team we are. We're a team that works harder than the other team and a lot of times tonight we got out-worked."

The Flyers will get another crack at the Devils, when they finish off their home-and-home series at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. The game will have even higher stakes as the two teams are now tied with 85 points in the Eastern Conference standings.
New Jersey’s first goal tonight snapped a Flyers opponent scoreless streak of 155:48.  Claude Giroux’s goal snapped the Flyers’ own scoreless streak at 106:43.
 
Giroux tied his career high with his 25th goal of the season.  He now has 80 points on the year, making him just the third Flyer to hit 80 points in a season since the lockout (Carter, 84 & Richards, 80 in 2008-09).
 
Each team blocked just three shots tonight.  The Flyers had blocked a total of 79 shots in their previous four games.
 
The Flyers outhit the Devils 36-17 on the game.
 
Braydon Coburn led the Flyers with four shots on goal.  It’s the most shots he’s had in a game since he had five in the Winter Classic on Jan. 2.

Rookie defenseman Brandon Manning appeared in his third straight game since being recalled by the Flyers on Thursday.

Rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson has averaged over 22 minutes of ice time in his last two games.

Jody Shelley received a 10-minute misconduct in tonight's game.


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"They're tied up with us now. It's going to be a huge game for us [on Tuesday], we'll be back in front of our home fans and we really want that home-ice advantage so we have to find a way to get it done."
- Claude Giroux

"Our attack was not where it needs to be and that takes a lot of energy and a lot of work."
- Peter Laviolette
Tonight's turning point falls with the third Devils goal on the night.

New Jersey sniper Ilya Kovalchuk grabbed the puck on the outside of the left circle and came around to the middle of the ice and fired a laser above the glove hand of Sergei Bobrovsky with 12 minutes left to go in the 3rd period.

The goal gave the Devils their first two-goal advantage of the game and killed any momentum the Flyers had after finally solving Martin Brodeur at the opening of the third.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Andreas Lilja pins David Clarkson along the boards.   

Devils 4, Flyers 1
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for his 650th career victory and Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Sunday night in a showdown between surging Eastern Conference rivals.

Patrik Elias, Anton Volchenkov and Zach Parise also scored for the Devils, who have won four straight and five of their last six. With victory, the Devils pulled even with the fifth-place Flyers. Both teams have 85 points, although the Flyers have played one fewer game.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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