Flyers close season series against Devils with a loss

Philadelphia Flyers Postgame Notes

New Jersey 5, Flyers 2 at Prudential Center

Sunday, March 8, 2015

* Ryan White had a goal and an assist for this third career multi-point game and first as a Flyer.

* Michael Raffl recorded his first career shorthanded goal. It was just the third for the Flyers this season, but the second in the last nine days.

* Luke Schenn recorded an assist for the third consecutive game.

* Brandon Manning appeared in his first game since Jan. 20 vs. Pittsburgh… He logged 15:36 of ice time, including 1:43 of shorthanded time on ice, on 25 shifts.

* The Flyers defense has now recorded 15 goals and 45 points in their last 22 games.

* Steve Mason was credited with his third assist of the season and 10th of his career.

* The Flyers return to action on Tuesday night when they host Dallas (7pm,CSN, 97.5 FM).


NEWARK, N.J. -- Adam Henrique scored two goals to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center on Sunday.

Jacob Josefson, Eric Gelinas and Stephen Gionta also scored for the Devils (28-28-10), and Steve Bernier had three assists. Keith Kinkaid, who was making his first start since Feb. 21, had 25 saves.

Ryan White and Michael Raffl scored for the Flyers (28-26-13). Steve Mason, who was making his fifth straight start, had 16 saves.

New Jersey, which is 9-3-1 in its past 13 games at Prudential Center, won three of four (3-1-0) in the season series against Philadelphia.

The Devils, who were 2-1-0 on their three-game homestand, will go on the road for three games beginning Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. They trail the Boston Bruins by 10 points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 16 games remaining.

The win came on a night the Devils honored players, coaches and managers from their 1995 Stanley Cup championship team. New Jersey eliminated Philadelphia from the 1995 playoffs in the Eastern Conference Final in six games before sweeping the Detroit Red Wings in the Cup Final.

The pregame ceremony culminated with a speech by three-time Stanley Cup champion and 2000 Conn Smythe Trophy-winning defenseman Scott Stevens, who was captain of the 1995 Stanley Cup team.

"We were a hardworking team willing to make sacrifices for the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup," said Stevens, who is Devils interim co-coach. "That's why this team standing here today will last forever."

After Stevens addressed the fans, the 1995 Devils took a lap around the rink, then shook hands with the current New Jersey players.

Josefson broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period when he scored a shorthanded goal at 3:32. Stephen Gionta skated down the right wing and took the initial shot from the right circle. Josefson picked up the rebound and scored just inside the right post, his first goal in 13 games.

Kinkaid made his best save of the second period less than a minute later with the Flyers still working on the man-advantage when he slid left to right to deny defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.

The Devils killed three power-play attempts for the Flyers. They have killed 26 of 27 power-play attempts the past nine games.

Gelinas gave the Devils a 3-1 lead on a power-play goal late in the second. After getting a pass from Scott Gomez, Gelinas put a shot over Mason's blocker at 18:09.

With the assist, his second of the game, Gomez moved into a tie with Scott Niedermayer for fourth on the Devils' all-time points list with 476. Gomez has 121 goals and 355 assists in seven seasons with New Jersey.

Henrique extended the lead to 4-1 with his second goal of the game 5:31 into the third when he finished a 2-on-0 breakout with Bernier. It was his first two-goal since March 8, 2014.

After Raffl scored the first shorthanded goal of his career 11:44 into the third to pull the Flyers within 4-2, Sean Couturier made a move past Devils defenseman Damon Severson and had Kinkaid out of position, but he pushed a backhand attempt wide at 13:20.

Gionta then collected a stretch pass from Patrik Elias and broke in 1-on-1 against Mason before scoring his fourth goal at 13:31.

The Flyers, looking to spoil the reunion, pulled into a 1-1 tie at 7:45 of the first period when White won an offensive-zone draw against Gomez to Luke Schenn at the point. Schenn sent a strong wrist shot on goal that White redirected past Kinkaid.

Kinkaid made eight saves in the first, and Flyers forward Matt Read hit the right goalpost off a tip with 26 seconds left.

Henrique opened the scoring at 4:49 with his first goal in seven games. Bernier canceled an icing call before Gomez forced Flyers defenseman Mark Streit to turn over the puck in front of Mason. Henrique then picked up the loose puck on his backhand down the slot.

Mason made five saves in the first.

The Flyers, who have lost three of the past four games (1-1-2), will host the Dallas Stars at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. Philadelphia trails Boston by seven points with 15 games remaining.

Mason has one road win in 16 games this season. In seven career games against the Devils, he is 0-6-0.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:49NJD Adam Henrique (13) ASST: Scott Gomez (20), Steve Bernier (10) 1 - 0 NJD
07:45PHI Ryan White (3) ASST: Luke Schenn (11) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
03:32NJD SHG - Jacob Josefson (4) ASST: Stephen Gionta (7), Andy Greene (15) 2 - 1 NJD
18:09NJD PPG - Eric Gelinas (6) ASST: Scott Gomez (21), Steve Bernier (11) 3 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
05:31NJD Adam Henrique (14) ASST: Steve Bernier (12) 4 - 1 NJD
11:44PHI SHG - Michael Raffl (16) ASST: Ryan White (5), Steve Mason (3) 4 - 2 NJD
13:31NJD Stephen Gionta (4) ASST: Patrik Elias (18), Andy Greene (16) 5 - 2 NJD
Three Stars of the Game
Adam Henrique
Adam Henrique
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:09
Steve Bernier
Steve Bernier
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 3Hits: 5
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 13:44
Stephen Gionta
Stephen Gionta
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:36
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:03PHI Carlo Colaiacovo  Boarding against  Peter Harrold
2nd Period
02:51NJD Adam Larsson  Hooking against  Zac Rinaldo
04:34NJD Mark Fraser  Cross checking against  R.J. Umberger
07:26NJD Travis Zajac  Slashing against  Chris VandeVelde
17:42PHI Brandon Manning  Holding against  Stephen Gionta
18:31PHI Ryan White  Tripping against  Andy Greene
3rd Period
10:55PHI Sean Couturier  Hooking against  Travis Zajac
16:42NJD Mark Fraser  Roughing against  Chris VandeVelde
16:42PHI Chris VandeVelde  Roughing against  Mark Fraser
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/4
Faceoff Wins3328
Blocked Shots1114
Penalty Minutes108
10B. SchennC00-20017:36
12M. RafflL1013010:53
14S. CouturierC00-23218:47
17W. SimmondsR00-12017:26
18R. UmbergerC0001011:19
22L. SchennD0110021:04
24M. ReadR0004018:33
25R. WhiteC1112211:44
26C. ColaiacovoD0013220:41
28C. GirouxC00-12016:58
32M. StreitD00-40018:05
36Z. RinaldoC00-12010:07
43B. ManningD0010215:36
47A. MacDonaldD0001020:56
55N. SchultzD00-21020:58
76C. VandeVeldeC00-10213:15
78P. BellemareL00-11013:05
93J. VoracekR00-12014:32
35S. Mason1621.76259:58
5A. LarssonD0011220:24
6A. GreeneD0230022:09
7J. MerrillD0004019:47
8D. ZubrusC0010012:32
10P. HarroldD000009:33
11S. GiontaC1123016:36
14A. HenriqueC2012017:09
15T. RuutuL0002010:11
16J. JosefsonC1013013:28
18S. BernierR0300013:44
19T. ZajacC0002219:05
20J. TootooR0000015:23
21S. GomezC0200014:36
22E. GelinasD10-12016:34
23M. CammalleriL00-10016:50
26P. EliasC0101018:22
28D. SeversonD0010021:02
32M. FraserD0011414:35
1K. Kinkaid2527.92660:00