Philadelphia Flyers vs New Jersey Devils Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Game 7, Away Game 3 | Tuesday, January 26, 2021|
|Prudential Center, Newark, NJ|
Flyers LineupForward lines
James van Riemsdyk – Kevin Hayes – Jakub Voracek
Claude Giroux – Nolan Patrick – Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom – Scott Laughton – Joel Farabee
Michael Raffl – Connor Bunnaman – Nicolas Aube-KubelDefense pairings
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim – Mark Friedman
Robert Hagg – Justin BraunGoaltenders
Brian Elliott – Carter HartScratches
Erik Gustafsson, Samuel MorinInjuries
Sean Couturier (rib separation), Philippe Myers (fractured rib), Morgan Frost (dislocated shoulder)6-1 loss to Boston was called “embarrassing” and “unacceptable” by forward Kevin Hayes, and Alain Vigneault agreed that a lot of work needed to be done. With defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere returning to the lineup for the first time this season and Claude Giroux playing his 611th game as the Philadelphia captain, surpassing Bobby Clarke‘s record, the Flyers had all the ingredients to make it an exciting night in Newark.
The game didn’t start in an ideal fashion, however. Less than a minute after the opening faceoff, Giroux headed to the penalty box for a hooking call which forced the Flyers penalty killers onto the ice early. Brian Elliott stood tall when faced with a Pavel Zacha breakaway on the man advantage, and there were good active sticks from Hayes and Ivan Provorov.
After that, though, the Flyers fell into their same bad habits from the weekend: chasing the play, losing puck battles, and getting pinned in their own zone. Would this game be a repeat of their awful last outing?
Things changed on a dime when James van Riemsdyk deflected a Provorov point shot on Philadelphia’s first power play to put the Flyers up 1-0. Jakub Voracek had the secondary assist on the goal, marking his 400th assist as a Flyer.
That seemed to spark something on the bench, and the second half of the opening period was all Philadelphia as they surged into the offensive zone and held the Devils from getting to close to Elliott’s net.
The van Riemsdyk show continued into the second period when he tipped another Provorov shot past Scott Wedgewood, again on the power play, but this time a backhanded deflection. The Devils played with fire a bit, as P.K. Subban took two consecutive penalties, but the New Jersey penalty units stopped Philadelphia from adding to their tally. Then, on a delayed penalty on Provorov, Michael McLeod got in close along the crease and potted an ugly-looking goal to put the Devils on the board.
After that, the Flyers seemed to lose all the wind in their sails and they reverted to some pretty sloppy play. Travis Zajac tied the game at 2-2 when he drove to the net and deflected a puck past Elliott.
Gostisbehere showed everyone that he truly is ready to be playing again when he coughed up the puck at the New Jersey blue line, then proceeded to skate up the ice and break up a four-on-two play before the Devils could get a shot off. Ghost seemed to be back in solid form.
The Flyers managed to open things up and give themselves some breathing room in the final frame. First came a beautiful play by Giroux who waited with immense patience, cycling down low, for the perfect opportunity to pass it back to Nolan Patrick who fired a one-timer into the New Jersey net.
After that, Joel Farabee hammered home a loose puck off a big rebound to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead. An empty-netter by Provorov should have finished off the night, but Zacha managed to squeeze one more puck past Elliott.
What’s Next?A win was what the Flyers needed, but there’s still plenty of work to do before Thursday’s rematch in Newark. While some aspects of the game, like neutral zone turnovers, did improve tonight, other areas like puck battles and forechecking will need more attention.
Plus / Minus
▲ Brian Elliott, James van Riemsdyk, Shayne Gostisbehere, Claude Giroux
▼ Justin Braun
|2 for 5||Power Play||0 for 1|
Stars of the Game
|NHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Alain Vigneault: “It was a game of momentum swings. But I really liked a big part of our game tonight, that second period we had a really strong push.”
Claude Giroux on Provorov: “He plays every situation. Every year he’s gotten better. He’s matured real quick. He shows up every game and he’s fun to play with…that kind of defenseman, you’re glad he’s on your team.”
Shayne Gostisbehere: “It’s a good first step. I wanted to play simple, solid and have a positive effect on the game. I’m just going to keep being me.”
Quotes courtesy of Philadelphia Flyers and Amy Johnson (Rocket Sports Media)
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