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