The New Jersey Devils take the ice for the final game of their 2020-2021 season to face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers. New Jersey will be without Ty Smith, P.K. Subban, and Mackenzie Blackwood, who are all sidelined with minor injuries. In their previous season series, the Devils boasted a record of 3-0-1 against Philadelphia. Scott Wedgewood will start and will go against Brian Elliott in the goaltending matchup. New Jersey will look to end their unique season on a high note with a win at Wells Fargo Center.
The beginning of the game was unorganized and sloppy by both teams. Around 4 minutes into the game, Nico Hischier settled a bouncing puck to backhand to Pavel Zacha who tapped it in. The Devils kept the pressure on and quickly doubled the lead after a nifty play from Yegor Sharangovich was slotted home by Janne Kuokkanen. After the quick goals, the play became more settled down and calm. 13:44 into the period, the Devils suffered from a major defensive collapse and Joel Farabee was able to capitalize on the semi-breakaway. With three seconds remaining, Zacha took a hooking penalty on Shayne Gostisbehere. The Flyers would begin the second with almost a full power play. The Devils would lead in shots 11 to 10.
New Jersey would be able to kill off the remaining 1:57 of the penalty. The Flyers would register 1 shot on the powerplay. However, Philadelphia would control the play for the first half of the second period. 10:06 into the period, a puck would deflect off of Sean Couturier’s skate and go past Wedgewood. Moreover, the Devils would get another penalty for cross-checking committed by Damon Severson. The Devils would be able to kill off the penalty. On the other hand, New Jersey would not create any high-danger scoring chances. Philadelphia dominated the entire second period and lead in shots 20 to 19.
The beginning of the third period would include more back and forth play and low-intensity flow. However, the Devils would get their first powerplay of the game. Likewise, the Devils would not generate anything on their chance. But, they would get another chance after Scott Laughton would commit a slashing penalty. Subsequently, they would have decent puck movement but forgo any decent chances. On the other hand, the Flyers would get a powerplay chance after a Michael McLeod slashing penalty. Philadelphia would capitalize on the powerplay to take a 3-2 lead with seven minutes remaining in the third. James van Riemsdyk would give the Flyers the lead. Philadelphia would ice the game with another goal from Farabee with four minutes remaining.
Similarly, the Devils would have trouble finishing their chances. Further, they would receive mediocre defensive play that allowed the Flyers back into the game. New Jersey had a major collapse after their decent first period. Philadelphia would not allow the Devils to get back into the game and would score four unanswered goals. The Devils would end their season with a disappointing effort.