NEWS & NOTES: Couturier, Read lead Flyers in win over Devils

Philadelphia Flyers Postgame Notes
Flyers 4, New Jersey 1 at Wells Fargo Center
Thursday, December 11, 2014

* The Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak against the Devils at the Wells Fargo Center, picking up their first win against New Jersey on home ice since March 15, 2013 (2-1 SO) and their first regulation win since March 13, 2012 (3-0).

* The Flyers now have seven of their 10 wins on home ice this season, posting a 7-4-2 record.

* The Flyers also extended their point streak in the standings to four straight games, going 2-0-2 in that stretch.

* Sean Couturier recorded the Flyers’ first shorthanded goal of the season - They entered tonight’s game as one of five teams in the NHL that had not yet recorded a shorthanded goal.

* Matt Read recorded his first multi-point game since April 6, 2014 vs. Buffalo, a span of 31 games.

* Ray Emery improved his career record against New Jersey to 8-4-0-2 with a 1.78 GAA.

* The Flyers outshot the Devils 36-18. It’s the fewest shots the Flyers have allowed in a game since Dec. 28, 2013, when they held Edmonton to 16 shots in a 4-3 shootout win.

* The Flyers had just four PIM, the third time this season they’ve had four or fewer. They are 3-0 in those games.

* Mark Streit recorded two assists on his 37th birthday… He leads the Flyers defense, and ranks fifth overall on the team, with 18 points (4g-14a).


PHILADELPHIA --  The Philadelphia Flyers have been hoping for some offense from Sean Couturier and Matt Read, and the duo provided some Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.

Couturier and Read each had a goal and an assist to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 win against the Devils.

Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored and Ray Emery made 17 saves for the Flyers, who were opening a four-game homestand.

Martin Havlat scored for the Devils, who got 32 saves from goalie Cory Schneider.

Couturier and Read combined to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead after one period.

The Flyers opened the scoring on Couturier's shorthanded goal at 6:12 of the first.

Read stepped out to block Marek Zidlicky's shot at the Philadelphia blue line. The New Jersey defenseman reacted by tripping Read, who quickly got to his feet and started a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush. Read centered the puck to Couturier, who had a step on Jaromir Jagr and tipped the pass past Schneider.

The goal was Couturier's sixth and extended his point streak to five games. He has two goals and four assists during his streak after he had one point in his previous 10 games.

It also was the Flyers' first shorthanded goal of the season.

Read's third goal of the season, his first in 12 games, extended the Flyers' lead to 2-0 at 13:37 of the first. Couturier and Read were part of a puck battle along the boards on the left side of the Devils zone when the puck squirted loose. Read tipped it away from Stephen Gionta and chased it down in the right corner. He flipped it behind the Devils net to Couturier, who skated into the bottom of the left circle and sent a pass back across the zone to Read on the right post, where he tipped it past Schneider.

The Devils got within 2-1 on Havlat's power-play goal at 13:02 of the second period. New Jersey worked the puck high in the Philadelphia zone with Damon Severson finding Scott Gomez along the wall on the right side of the ice. Gomez took a shot that Havlat, screening Emery on the right post, redirected over Emery's shoulder. It was Havlat's third goal of the season, his first in nine games.

The Devils had other chances to get into the game, including a 3-on-1 break with 13:58 remaining in the second, but Flyers defenseman Mark Streit sprawled to tip the puck away from Jordin Tootoo and Emery stopped Andy Greene's shot from the right side.

The Flyers were able to preserve their lead in the third period by outshooting the Devils 14-7. They got some breathing room on Simmonds' power-play goal with 4:16 remaining. Simmonds tipped Streit's high shot, but Schneider stopped it and denied Simmonds on the rebound. But Simmonds stayed with the play and knocked his third chance past Schneider for his 12th goal.

Voracek closed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 2:30 remaining. It was his 10th.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:12PHI SHG - Sean Couturier (6) ASST: Matt Read (7) 1 - 0 PHI
13:37PHI Matt Read (3) ASST: Sean Couturier (8), Nick Schultz (7) 2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
13:02NJD PPG - Martin Havlat (3) ASST: Scott Gomez (3), Damon Severson (8) 2 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
15:44PHI PPG - Wayne Simmonds (12) ASST: Mark Streit (13), Claude Giroux (23) 3 - 1 PHI
17:30PHI EN - Jakub Voracek (10) ASST: Claude Giroux (24), Mark Streit (14) 4 - 1 PHI
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Read
Matt Read
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:30
Sean Couturier
Sean Couturier
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:33
Wayne Simmonds
Wayne Simmonds
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:39
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:04NJD Jordin Tootoo  Too many men/ice - bench
05:28PHI Jakub Voracek  Hooking against  Marek Zidlicky
18:33NJD Martin Havlat  Tripping against  Mark Streit
2nd Period
10:05NJD Mike Sislo  Holding against  Nicklas Grossmann
12:47PHI Nick Schultz  Tripping against  Scott Gomez
16:20NJD Tuomo Ruutu  Tripping against  R.J. Umberger
3rd Period
15:05NJD Michael Cammalleri  Tripping against  Michael Raffl
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/21/5
Faceoff Wins2437
Blocked Shots1121
Penalty Minutes104
2M. ZidlickyD00-20019:20
6A. GreeneD00-11023:56
7J. MerrillD00-21022:45
9M. HavlatR10-13215:52
10P. HarroldD00-10020:01
11S. GiontaC00-10014:35
14A. HenriqueC00-10017:39
15T. RuutuL0000211:59
16J. JosefsonC0002015:41
17M. RyderR00-20014:57
18S. BernierR000108:38
20J. TootooR000005:49
21S. GomezC01-10016:45
23M. CammalleriL00-21218:17
25S. HelgesonD0002013:16
28D. SeversonD0101020:42
32M. SisloR0003213:02
68J. JagrR00-23018:28
35C. Schneider3235.91459:39
5B. CoburnD0022020:27
8N. GrossmannD0001017:03
10B. SchennC0004018:50
12M. RafflL0011014:37
14S. CouturierC1122017:33
17W. SimmondsR1005019:39
18R. UmbergerC0001015:53
22L. SchennD0010016:36
24M. ReadR1125016:30
28C. GirouxC0215019:17
32M. StreitD0212023:20
36Z. RinaldoC000009:04
47A. MacDonaldD0001018:19
49S. LaughtonC0002015:51
55N. SchultzD0130217:44
76C. VandeVeldeC0001010:24
78P. BellemareL000109:26
93J. VoracekR1023217:13
29R. Emery1718.94459:59