The New Jersey Devils fell to the Philadelphia Flyers in the second game of a home-and-home series tonight by a score of 3-0. After a strong defensive first period, the Devils had a hard time getting anything going offensively. Flyers’ goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov collected his fourth shutout in five games; the Flyers now sit alone in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 87 points and the Devils are one place behind them at 85.
Martin Brodeur and the Devils defense played solid, fundamental hockey in the first period. Much like the game on Sunday, neither team was able to get a whole lot going on offense. New Jersey was 0-for-2 on the power play in the first period. After twenty minutes of play, both teams were tied at zero; The Devils had eight shots on goal and the Flyers had seven.
Philadelphia broke out offensively in the second period. Martin Brodeur was sharp, but not sharp enough. Sean Couturier broke the scoreless tie 11:07 into the second period with his twelfth goal of the season. Bryzgalov continued his strong play and denied the Devils on several scoring opportunities. At the end of the second period, the Devils trailed in the game by a score of 1-0 and in the SOG category by a tally of 20-14.
Trailing by one, it seemed as though the Devils had a legitimate chance of tying the game. However, their plans were spoiled by strong defensive play by Philadelphia. Jakub Voracek scored his thirteenth goal of the season 2:14 into the third period to put the Flyers up by a score of 2-0. Danny Briere added his fourteenth goal of the season, an empty netter, 15:11 into the third to seal the deal for Philadelphia. Martin Broduer finished the game with 26 saves, Bryzgalov with 17.
The Devils will be back in action on Thursday evening against the Colorado Avalanche. The Devils need to continue their winning ways in order to strengthen their position in the standings. More shots on goal are a necessity for the Devils as well as stronger defense. Continue to follow everything New Jersey Devils on twitter: @RWTDblog, @RealScottRobb, @DEVIN88MATTERA, and @Rvaidya33!