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A long-awaited bounceback from Matt Read helped the Philadelphia Flyers defeat the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night with a final score of 4-1. Read scored a goal and recorded an assist in this one (his first point since November 22 and his first goal in 11 games), while Sean Couturier (SH), Wayne Simmonds, and Jakub Voracek (EN) also scored for the Flyers. Martin Havlat was credited with the lone Devils goal. Ray Emery was, as per usual, stellar in net despite not facing many shots. Cory Schneider stopped 32 of 36.
After returning home from a 5-game, 11-day roadtrip where they did not find the success they would have hoped for, the Flyers seemed to come out swinging at the start of this one.It took them a little while to score the first goal (Couturier’s shortie came during a penalty on Voracek at 6:12 in the first), but they were in control for the majority of the first period. Read’s goal came with a little over five minutes left in the period, giving him his second point of the night.
The second period was rather uneventful to start, but when the Flyers were short-handed thanks to a tripping call on Nick Schultz, the Devils all but immediately took advantage. Havlat scored almost as soon as the power play began. That goal seemed to knock the wind out of the Flyers’ sails, and they looked a bit listless and complacent at times (a look we’ve seen far too often from this team).
Philadelphia entered the third period just one goal up on New Jersey, and based on recent history, there was a good chance that they weren’t going to make it out of the game with a win. But Simmonds’ answered that Havlat goal from the second with one of his own with 4:16 left to go, and Voracek’s empty-netter with 2:30 put the final nail in the Devils’ coffin.
It was a (mostly) solid effort for the Flyers, who improved their record to 10-13-5. There were still some notable issues – namely, the penalty kill, who has allowed three power play goals from opposing teams in their last two games, and the general complacency. But the Flyers looked better in this game than they have in a while, something they can hopefully continue. They’ll face the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at 1pm, and have two more home games before heading back on the road again.
We’ll end this with a little comedic relief, courtesy of CSN’s Tim Panaccio: