January 25, 1983 --Behn Wilson scored twice in a 5-1 home win, the first time the Devils played in Philly. Wilson's first goal came with two seconds left in the opening period. Bob Froese picked up the victory to improve to 7-0-0 and became the first goalie since Wayne Thomas of Montreal in 1972-73 to start his career 7-0-0. The Flyers outshot NJ 38-19. There was a 30-minute bench-clearing brawl in the second period which resulted in 74 PIMs ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjHMvbTAdpQ ) and ejections of five players: Philly's Frank Bathe, Paul Holmgren and Glen Cochrane (PHI) and NJ's Don Lever and John Wensink. The main fight originated when Hector Marini (NJ) and Cochrane (Philly) fought for the third time this season then Holmgren, who earned an instigator penalty, tried to goad Garry Howatt which led to the bench-clearing but since the NHL couldn't determine which team came off the bench first, each team was docked $2500 which infuriated NJ's brass. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj55S2N8RbM). Twelve seconds after the main clash, with Philly up 3-1, Wilson scored his second of the game. Philly held a 30-8 shots advantage after two periods (38-19 in the game).
FLYERS-DEVILS' 2010-11 SEASON SERIES:
November 27, 2010 -- Travis Zajac scored the SO winner (2-1) in NJ's 2-1 home win. The Flyers led the shootout 1-0 when Nikolay Zherdev scored in the third round but Jason Arnott tied it. Johan Hedberg made 40 saves and was 3-for-4 in the shootout and was selected the game's top star. Danny Briere tied the game with a PPG midway in the third period. Philly held a 41-25 shots advantage including 28-11 combined in the second and third periods. The game totalled 10 PIMs. It was the second straight shootout loss for the Flyers in as many days leading Blair Betts to say “You can feel it (lack of passion). The atmosphere was light and there wasn’t enough emotion or intensity, even before we went on the ice. You kind of felt it yesterday against Calgary and it’s something we have to fix.” Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30S83syc1ds
December 4, 2010 --Mike Richards (1-1-2, +3), who scored the tie-breaking goal 3:37 into the third period, and Jeff Carter (1-2-3) were the game's top two stars in Philly's 5-3 home win. Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves including a key stop on Ilya Kovalchuk's breakaway with the score tied 2-2. Kovalchuk earlier scored his second goal in the past 17 games. The Devils' PP was 1-for-43 on the road but went 2-for-3 in this game including making the score 4-3 with 44 seconds to play. The Flyers' struggling PP went 0-for-3 and fell into a 2-for-41 slump. Philly dominated the second period 14-4 on shots and scored the lone goal to tie the game 2-2. In the third, the Flyers scored three times including Carter's ENG. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDtKOLfVz7I
January 6, 2011 -- The line of Danny Briere (2-0-2), who scored twice in the third period, Scott Hartnell (2-0-2), who scored twice in the second period, and Ville Leino (0-3-3) who had a career-high three assists, combined for seven points and were named the top three stars in the Flyers' 4-2 win at N.J. Hartnell's second goal tied the game 2-2 with 1:06 remaining in the middle period. David Clarkson gave the Devils a 2-1 lead with 2:20 left in the second period, a goal confirmed by video replay after play had continued. Matt Carle added two assists. Brian Boucher made 18 saves and improved to 8-1-1, with a 2.07 GAA and .929 save percentage in his last 10 starts. Each team had 20 shots, Philly had a 7-2 advantage in the second period and the Devils had an 11-6 edge in the third period despite being out-scored 2-0. The Flyers had just two PIMs while the Devils had eight. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgLr0HOwMPU
January 8, 2011 -- Brian Boucher made 34 saves and backed the Flyers to a home-and-home sweep with a 2-1 win in Philadelphia. James van Riemsdyk, the game's top star, and Danny Briere (PPG) scored first period goals. Johan Hedberg (8 saves, 10 shots) was replaced by Martin Brodeur who was a perfect 19-for-19 and earned second star status. New Jersey lost its 11th straight road game. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r61bBvAkYLo
January 22, 2011 -- Johan Hedberg made 26 saves and Patrik Elias scored twice in N.J.'s 3-1 home win. Henrik Tallinder (1-1-2), who made it 1-0, and Brian Rolston (0-2-2) also had two points. The Devils led 2-0 after the first period and outshot Philly 10-5. JVR scored with 20 seconds left in the second period. Elias added an ENG. The Devils entered the game with the NHL's worst record (14-29-3), but 4-0-1 in the last five, while the Flyers' led the NHL with a 31-11-5 mark. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz1RYsykhqs
April 1, 2011 -- Patrik Elias (3-0-3) scored his eighth career hat trick, Brian Rolston (0-3-3) assisted on each goal and Johan Hedberg made 34 saves in NJ's 4-2 home win. Elias scored twice in the second period in under two minutes, the second which came on the Flyers' lone PP opportunity. Nick Palmieri scored the GWG midway through the third period when Ilya Kovalchuk's pass deflected off his skate. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXuu-XVt1hE
FLYERS-DEVILS' 2011-12 SEASON SERIES:
October 8, 2011 -- Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 20 shots and backed the Flyers to a 3-0 win at N.J., the team's first regular season shutout since April 6, 2010 (a 2-0 win by Brian Boucher in Toronto). Claude Giroux scored in the opening period then Matt Read and Wayne Simmons added early third period goals. The Flyers dominated the third period, 9-3 in shots and scored twice. The Flyers went 0-for-8 on PPs but were a perfect 5-for-5 on PKs. Simmonds beat David Clarkson in a fight ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGBlXpfJmtQ ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAlG3UXntqs
November 3, 2011 -- Patrik Elias and Zach Parise scored in the shootout (2-1) and Johan Hedberg made 20 saves in NJ's 4-3 win at Philly. Danny Briere scored the lone shootout goal for the Flyers, one that was reviewed to determine if he continued puck movement through the play. Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves. Zac Rinaldo's first NHL goal and Claude Giroux's score about six minutes later gave Philly a 2-0 lead 8:08 into the second period. Parise and Adam Henrique (1-1-2), his first NHL goal, tied it 11:57 into the second period. NJ held a 21-9 shots advantage in the second period and 39-23 in the game. Max Talbot's penalty shot goal made it 3-2 in the third period. David Clarkson tied it 3-3 with 7:35 left off a turnover in the Flyers' zone. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OgG5TabYmM
January 21, 2012 -- Scott Hartnell (2-0-2) and Wayne Simmonds (1-2-3) led the offense and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 win at NJ. The Flyers' PP was 2-for-5 with Hartnell scoring both goals. Simmons' ENG, with 2:22 remaining, finished the scoring. NJ was 0-for-6 on PPs. Alexei Ponikarovsky, acquired the prior night, scored NJ's lone goal 28 seconds after the Flyers took a 2-0 lead and ended a 17-game scoring drought. The Flyers' PK was 14-for-14 against NJ through the first three games. The Flyers lost Jaromir Jagr, Danny Briere and Zac Rinaldo to injuries. Jody Shelley fought Eric Boulton ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIlwM7NZsOc ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao_u2wuw2DI
February 4, 2012 -- NJ led 6-0 through two periods in an eventual 6-4 win in Philly. Kurtis Foster (2-1-3) and Ilya Kovalchuk (1-2-3) each had three points. NJ scored three PPGs and a controversial SHG which made it 2-0 with 57 seconds left in the second period after Claude Giroux was spilled. The Devils scored with under a second to play in the opening period to make it 3-0. The Devils scored four goals in a span of 2:34 to take a 5-0 lead. Johan Hedberg made 37 saves. Sergei Bobrovsky (17 saves, 23 shots) was removed for Ilya Bryzgalov (8 saves, 8 shots) after NJ pulled ahead 6-0 8:22 into the second period. The Flyers held a 41-31 shots advantage. The Flyers out-scored NJ 4-0 in the third period and established a team-record for largest shot differential (23) in a period with a 24-1 mark. The previous record was +21 (22-1) in the first period on April 4, 1982 vs. Toronto. The last time the Flyers had 24+ shots in a single period was on February 13, 1988 when they had 25 shots in the second period at Toronto. Brayden Schenn and Kovalchuk fought ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aywypSGFDwo ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF5hVkAaLlg
March 11, 2012 -- Ilya Kovalchuk (1-2-3) had three points, Anton Volchenkov scored the GWG 2:45 into the third period and Martin Brodeur made 18 saves in NJ's 4-1 home win which snapped the Flyers five-game winning streak in which opponents went scoreless for 155:48. Patrik Elias' PPG made it 1-0 with 25 seconds left in the first period, a score that held until Claude Giroux tied the game 16 seconds into the third period. Sergei Bobrovsky made his first start since February 12 and stopped 27 shots. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eZ6ljqEDfA
March 13, 2012 -- Ilya Bryzgalov made 17 saves and extended his personal shutout streak to 196:13 in the Flyers' 3-0 home win. Bryzgalov's streak was third best in team history behind John Vanbiesbrouck's 227:40 (Oct. 17-26, 1999) and 218:42 (Jan. 3-16, 1999). Bryzgalov’s GAA in his last five games was 0.39 and his save percentage .986. Sean Couturier snapped a scoreless tie in the second period and Jake Voracek (1-1-2), who missed the prior three games with an injury, made it 2-0 in the third period. Danny Briere (1-1-2) snapped a 23-game goal slide with an ENG. Braydon Coburn (0-2-2) also had two points, with a team-high 7 hits and was a +2. Philly held a 29-17 shots advantage including 9-3 in the third period. Highlights -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVOEzBZKKjg
Looks like we will get Voracek back for sure. Timonen Kubina may not play, Meszaros will be out for sure.
I am ok with 6th place.
"We'll see how I feel," Voracek said. "It's not so much headaches, but my neck was hurt. It wasn't that bad. When I saw [video of] the hit, [the pain] wasn't as bad as I expected it."
The heart of the defense corps - Kubina, Timonen and Andrej Meszaros - are not yet ready to return to action. All three remain "day-to-day" with undisclosed injuries. Meszaros, the only one to not skate yesterday, and Timonen have been out since March 1 with "lower-body" injuries.
who ?? i don't think he's ready to try hard just yet.
If anyone has the balls to say someone else wasn't playing hard it certainly isn't the backer of the "#1 star of the week Bryz" Sorry he got 1st star, doesn't mean he made up for the whole season prior to this.
As for practice, the feeling was Bryzgalov wasn't serious enough about it. He hadn't struggled like this over the past four seasons, averaging 67 appearances per year. Therefore, he didn't need to do a ton of extra stuff and received rest time because of his workload.
With his game in tatters and on pace for his fewest starts in five years, Bryzgalov was asked to re-discover his work ethic. He did, going on the ice early and putting in the time
Bryz work ethic was challenged, and he responded. That shouldn't have to happen as a professional.
The fact is Briere never said he didn't play hard in front of him. They way Bryz was and the way he was in the locker room and playing on ice, was making it difficult for the team to keep battling for him. Yes Briere has been quiet lately, but stop throwing this on Briere. Bryz was the reason the team had to meet with him and straighten him out. And Briere was on of the leaders to do so. So obviously even when Briere isn't performing up to standards he still has a ton of respect in the locker room.
Love seeing how you either will tell me i'm wrong or try to twist it all around again on another player besides Bryz.