Monday, June 27

Patrick, Farabee score third, Flyers beat Devils 5-3

NEWARK, NJ (AP) Nolan Patrick, Joel Farabee and Ivan Provorov all scored goals in the third period, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 Tuesday for their first road win.

James van Riemsdyk scored two power play goals and Brian Elliott made 23 saves as the Flyers came back to win after blowing a two-goal opening lead. Provorov, who had an empty goal, and Claude Giroux each had two assists as the Flyers bounced back from two losses (0-1-1) in Boston.

” We are not going to be perfect, we are going to make mistakes, we are going to need our goalkeepers to cover some of those mistakes, but we fight, we find a way to get the job done in the third, ” said Flyers coach Alain Vigneault. . “I think it’s a very positive sign for our group, we took a step forward and we have to keep taking a step forward.”

Michael McLeod and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who hit a crossbar and goalpost early in the third period with the score tied at 2. Scott Wedgewood, replacing Mackenzie Blackwood on COVID-19 protocol, made 26 saves for New Jersey. Pavel Zacha closed the score with 1:08 to play.

Patrick made it 3-2 at 7:03 last half, receiving a pass from Giroux and hitting a shot into the open net. Wedgewood became entangled with defender PK Subban and was unable to return to his position.

Patrick played online with Giroux in his second season, and he likes to be back with him when he gets the chance.

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“He’s a good guy to play with, he sees the ice so good, he makes great plays,” Patrick said. “ TK (Travis Konecny) made a good low play and I had some space in the slot there and I was trying to find it, and he had a lot of poise to give it back to me, a great play from him. ”

Farabee gave the Flyers a breather a little over five minutes later, bouncing off another wide net after a turnover from rookie defender Ty Smith.

Van Riemsdyk pointed the Flyers to a 2-0 lead, with a pair of Provorov’s point shots that outscored Wedgewood, the second 59 seconds into the second period.

Devils coach Lindy Ruff changed her lines later in the period and it paid off almost immediately. McLeod scored his first NHL goal at around 11:59, and Zajac tied it at 2 at 4:43 PM with a shot from Andreas Johnsson.

Johnsson hit a crossbar and Damon Severson hit the New Jersey goalpost early in the third before Patrick hit.

Wedgewood said the Devils could have easily taken both points with a little luck.

“We did a good job pushing and we didn’t give up on those plays from the post,” he said after his third straight start. ” Our boys were still hitting the net with their sticks. But it can go either way. And that’s what the hockey gods wanted for us, I guess. ”


Giroux played in his 611th game as captain of the Flyers, outscoring Bob Clarke in the most games on paper. Since assuming the captaincy in January 2013, he has played in 610 of 614 regular season games. He received an assist on the second goal from van Riemsdyk.

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“You try to show up in every game and obviously with the results that we got in Boston we wanted to make sure we were going to win tonight and I feel like we got a step up from the last two games tonight.” Giroux said.

Clarke had two seasons as captain of the Flyers. He served 498 games between January 17, 1973, and the end of the 1978-79 season. He became a player-assistant at the beginning of the next season and was unable to serve as captain. He returned to the captaincy on January 6, 1983, and served the last 112 games of his career, ending in 1983-84.


Zajac played in his 997th regular season game. The 15-year veteran is on track to join Ken Daneyko, Marty Brodeur and Patrik Elias as the organization’s fourth player to reach 1,000 games on Sunday.


Flyers defender Shayne Gostisbehere played for the first time this season. He missed the first six games after testing positive for COVID-19. Erik Gustafsson had the night off.

SMITH STREAK: Smith saw his five-game point streak kick off his career. He was the sixth NHL defender to start his career with points in his first five.


Flyers: Play the Devils again at the Prudential Center on Thursday night.

Devils: Host the Flyers again Thursday night.


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