Devils Drop First Preseason Game, 4-3, To Flyers

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The Flyers defeated the Devils, 4-3, in a shootout tonight at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Mike Richards scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout, beating Devils’ goalie Mike McKenna.

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The Flyers jumped ahead, 2-0, with Darrell Powe and Jeff Carter tallying goals. Adam Mair, who’s with the Devils on a tryout contract, brought the Devils to within one with a goal at 3:06 of the first period, cutting the Flyers lead to 2-1. Dainius Zubrus tied the game at 8:00 of the second period, evening it up at 2-2. Jamie Langenbrunner gave the Devils a one-goal lead, 3-2, with a goal at 12:06 of the second.

Johan Hedberg left the game after the second period, stopping 11 of 13 shots. Michael Leighton also exited after two periods, stopping 20 of 23 shots.

Danny Briere tied the game at three in the third period, scoring an even-strength goal at 14:54 of the period.

Devils rookie defenseman Alexander Urbom recorded two assists and was a team-high plus-2 in 22:10 of ice time. Devils head coach John MacLean said he liked what he saw from the rookie.

“For a young guy, he’s got some good poise back there,” MacLean said. “He feels comfortable playing with Henrik too. So, that’s a good thing. He’s got some good legs and moves the puck.”

Despite the loss, MacLean was still encouraged by what he saw from the team tonight.

“I thought it was a great effort,” MacLean said. “I thought the guys really had some good jump and I thought they did some good things., Everybody was ready to play. For the first preseason game, I thought it was pretty good.”

The Devils will face the Rangers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in their second preseason game of the season.

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