For the second Saturday in a row, the Flyers played an early 1pm start at home, this time hosting the New Jersey Devils. Brian Elliott returned to the net as the Flyers looked to rebound from Thursday night’s loss in Columbus. Keith Kinkaid got the nod for the Devils.
Damon Severson started the scoring as he beat Elliott for a powerplay goal at the 4:07 mark of the first period. It was a powerplay goal as Michael Raffl sat for hooking.
Travis Konecny got the Flyers on the board at the 10:41 mark when he threaded the needle from the top of the circle for a powerplay goal. The Flyers second unit supplying the goal on the powerplay is a welcome sight.
Late in the first, Nolan Patrick tapped in a feed off a Voracek steal to give the Flyers the lead.
The second period featured no scoring and the Flyers took a 2-1 lead into the third frame.
Brian Boyle tied it on the powerplay for NJD early in the third period. The Flyers challenged the goal but to no avail.
Unlike previous contests, the Flyers didn’t sit back on the tie game and play for overtime. Instead, Jake Voracek took a loose puck and sprung a 2 on 1 with Scott Laughton. Jake looked to pass, and once Kinkaid bit for the pass, Voracek dropped the shoulder and tucked the puck into the far post for the 3-2 lead.
With the late lead, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Laughton each tacked on empty net goals for the win.
Ivan Provorov, who has struggled to start the season, added 2 assists, one on the Voracek game winner and again on Simmonds’s empty net goal.
Brian Elliott finished with 19 stops on 21 shots, an improvement over his slow start. And with no even strength goals allowed, a big boost to the Flyers 5v5 play.
The Flyers play next on Monday, hosting Colorado.