The Devils Snap Winless Streak Against The Flyers

The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers meet for the second game of a four-game series. On Sunday, the winner needed to be decided past four periods and in a shootout. The Flyers came out on top after a 7-round shootout. Ty Smith would return after missing four games with a minor injury. In addition, Nolan Foote and Mikhail Maltsev would also return to the line-up. Andreas Johnsson would sit with an injury he sustained in the previous match-up. Nicholas Merkley would be listed as a healthy scratch. Mackenzie Blackwood would go against Brian Elliott. Meanwhile, Blackwood would be starting in his 100th NHL game. 

First Period

The beginning of the game was very slow for both teams. The Flyers registered 1 shot on goal and the Devils had none five minutes in. At 14:49, Michael McLeod would take a double-minor high-sticking penalty. However, New Jersey would kill the entire penalty and only two low-danger shots. The game would pick up the pace a little bit and the Devils would fire 5 shots on the net, while the Flyers stay stuck at 3. 17:45 into the first, Nolan Patrick would take a holding penalty against Connor Carrick. Subsequently, Nico Hischier would bury a rebound to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Jack Hughes and Pavel Zacha would get the assists. The period would end with the Devils leading 9 to 3 in shots. 

Second Period 

The beginning of the second period brought a fight between McLeod and Travis Sanheim. New Jersey would go back on the power-play after the fighting penalties were given out. The Devils would get their second powerplay goal of the game from Zacha. Hughes and Smith would be credited with the assists. Around 3 minutes later, Miles Wood would wrist one past Elliott to make it 3-0. But, the Flyers would answer 15 seconds later. Oskar Lindblom would stuff one in after Blackwood made 4 stops back to back. After the flurry of goals, the game would open up and chances would be thrown at each net. Hischier got a breakaway where he got past Elliott but hit the crossbar. The Devils and Flyers are equal in shots with 18 apiece after two periods. 

Third Period 

The Flyers came out fast and furious in the third period. Subsequently, they were able to tie it up within the first five minutes of the period. Philippe Myers would score 2:24 into the period. A minute and ten seconds later, Claude Giroux would tie the game at 3. However, Carrick would jump past a defender and snipe one past Elliott to regain the lead for the Devils. Around four minutes later, Sanheim would throw one at the net that would get past Blackwood to tie the game again. However, Yegor Sharangovich would take advantage of a misplay by the Flyers netminder and score the Devils’ fifth goal of the night. 

Concluding Thoughts 

New Jersey played a decent game all around despite another third-period collapse. Unlike other games, the Devils’ penalty kill and powerplay helped them have success in the game. However, a major problem the Devils’ have not figured out is holding the lead. Despite giving up the lead two times, the Devils hung on. The young guns for the Devils had another impressive night. Hughes, Zacha, and McLeod all had two-point nights. The 10-game winless streak is snapped! The Devils go against the Flyers again on Thursday. Only seven games remaining for New Jersey. 

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