In a crucial home-and-home set, the Flyers survived in 2013. Barely.
After two games with the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia remains in the playoff race. The Flyers lost handily in Newark on Wednesday, then stormed back to beat the Devils in a shootout Friday
Wednesday’s game was filled with defensive mistakes, and elementary errors. The defining moment was when Bruno Gervais idiotically left to challenge the Devil’s puck-carrier, leaving the middle gaping open. The Devils drove straight through the middle to score one of their five easy goals. The Flyers’ goal-scorers hibernated through much of Wednesday’s game, with only Jak Voracek Scott Hartnell scoring. Ilya Bryzgalov played one of the weaker games of his career, unable to bail out his defense.
The second contest mirrored the first. Ilya Bryzgalov turned it around, and held the Devils to only one goal. A Hall of Fame-esque performance culminated in the game-winning shootout save. The Flyers scored on a weaving breakout, as Simon Gagne found Max Talbot on the weak side to score. Matt Read crossed to Gagne, and Gagne provided the assist for the Flyers’ score. The game went into overtime, where the Devils held momentum. The period flowed with constant New Jersey pressure, quelled by a legendary Bryzgalov. In the shootout, the Flyers won 3-2, as the final Devils’ shot went wide of the net.
The Flyers now sit three points back of eighth place Winnipeg. Philadelphia improves to 13-15-1, with 19 games remaining. They next play Tampa Bay Monday, 7:30 PM at Tampa Bay Times Forum.