Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Flyers Woes Continue

Brodeur registers 120th career shutout
The Philadelphia Flyers fall to 0-3 on the season after being shutout by the New Jersey Devils 3-0 tonight.

The Devils scored 2 goals in the 1st period despite only taking 3 shots.

New Jersey got on the board early on a goal from Travis Zajac. Zajac stopped Bryce Salvador's shot from the point and was left all alone in front of Ilya Bryzgalov and deposited it past him 1:07 minutes into the first period.

The Flyers played a spirited 1st period despite being down 1-0 early. They outshot the Devils 9-3 and at one point held New Jersey without a shot for over 12 minutes.

But then the Flyers got a penalty. And special teams have not treated the Flyers very well this season. They came into the game 1 for 9 on the PowerPlay and only 4 for 9 on the penalty kill. Quickly that stat changed to 4 for 10.

David Clarkson knocked Ilya Bryzgalov's stick out of his hand, then from behind the net threw the puck on goal, which redirected off Ruslan Fedotenko's skate and into the back of the net. That goal marked the third straight game in which the puck has caromed off a Flyers player into his own net Luke Schenn in game 1, Kimmon Timonen in Game 2, and now Fedotenko in game 3).

Kovalchuk scores on the Penalty Shot
Philadelphia found themselves down 2-0 despite domination. Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur played excellent in the period and would continue to frustrate the Flyers all night.

The Flyers got an early PowerPlay in the 2nd period and continued to play well until Ilya Kovalchuk broke through on a shorthanded breakaway. Kimmo Timonen hooked him on his way in preventing a scoring opportunity thus leading to a penalty shot. Kovalchuk made it look easy as he made his move: forehand, backhand, roof. 3-0.

3 goals on 4 shots.

After the penalty shot goal the Flyers had lost their edge and any momentum they were trying to build. New Jersey outshot Philadelphia 22-14 afterwards. They were frustrated and beaten.

Simmonds fights Clarkson
The Devils just smothered the Flyers for the rest of the game and despite fights from Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, the Flyers couldn't get turn it around.

Martin Brodeur notched his 10th career shutout against Philadelphia.

The Flyers fall to 0-3 for the first time since 1994, which was also a shortened season due to a lockout. It is only the third time in Flyers history that they've started the season 0-3.

Philadelphia has been outscored 11-3 in their first 3 games, including 5-0 in 1st periods.

It won't get any easy for the Flyers as they will face off against the New York Rangers, a team that has beaten them 8 straight times, on Thursday.

Game Notes:
  • Tye McGinn played his first game in the NHL tonight. McGinn had 1 shot, 1 hit and 12:13 minutes of ice time. He was also given over 3 minutes on the PowerPlay.
  • The Flyers went 0 for 6 on their PowerPlay bringing them to 1 for 15 on the season.
  • Philadelphia has allowed a PowerPlay goal against in all 3 games this season. They were 6 for 7 tonight and 10 for 16 on the season.
  • Bryzgalov allowed 3 goals on the first 4 shots. But then stopped 22 straight after the penalty shot.
  • Bruno Gervais played in his 1st game as a Flyer. He had 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:44 minutes.

Watch Highlights of Tonights Game: HERE

Drop the Puck:
The Philadelphia Flyers come home to face the New York Rangers Thursday night.

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