FLYERS' W-L-T-OTL REGULAR SEASON RECORD vs. THIS FRANCHISE:
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April 11, 1978 -- In Game 1 of the Preliminary Round best-of-three PO series against the Colorado Rockies, Mel Bridgman stuffed home his own rebound 23 seconds into OT giving the Flyers a 3-2 home win. Bridgman and Rick MacLeish combined for 15 shots on goal. MacLeish scored the first goal of this game despite an April 1st injury when his neck was cut by a skate and required 80 stitches. Denis Dupere tied the game 1-1 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2-bLYxX79Q ), Bobby Clarke gave Philly a 2-1 lead with 29 seconds left in the second period and Dave Hudson scored the lone third period goal to make it 2-2. Clarke (1-1-2), Reggie Leach (0-2-2) and Jim Watson (0-2-2) each had two points and Bernie Parent made 16 saves. Philly held a 44-18 shots advantage including 19-4 over the third period and OT and held the Rockies' point leader Wilf Paiement to no shots on goal. Doug Favell made 41 saves, several spectacular, for the Rockies and earned first star status. The Flyers had 105 regular season points to Colorado's 59 points (2-26-12 road record).
FLYERS-DEVILS' 2011-12 SEASON SERIES:
October 8, 2011 -- Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 20 shots and backed the Flyers to a 3-0 win at NJ, 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
Seemingly in the final stages of recovering from a concussion, Nicklas Grossmann practiced Thursday not wearing a no-contact green jersey that was on his back a day earlier. The big defensman said he hadn't been told that he was cleared for contact and he just wore the jersey that was in his locker. He also said he took no hits in practice. - Courier Post
I think that Kovalchuk will look healthier this series than he did against the Panthers. That ice is just terrible, and if he has some groin problems that could have been slowing him down even further. I'm expecting Coburn and Grossmann to go up against him, and I think they'll do a good job at it. If we mainly play Couturier against Kovalchuk as well, I wouldn't mind switching Simmonds to that line, and have Wellwood with Schenn and Read.
VOORHEES, N. J. - Nicklas Grossmann worked with usual partner Braydon Coburn at Saturday’s rather short Flyers practice.
That’s another sign the big Swede will re-enter the lineup for Game 1 of the Flyers-Devils series on Sunday.
Grossmann has been sidelined with a concussion, missing Games 5 & 6 against Pittsburgh. He admits it has been so long since he last was concussed. He’s not certain how he is supposed to feel to know he is 100 percent ready to go.
Sens were 3-1 against us, and we owned the Caps in 09 and 11. Regular season means nothing to Rangers fans. A lot of Rangers fans are saying you guys can't win anything with your defense, but I think you sure as hell can with that offense
This is the only game that I worry about in the whole series. After a long layoff and the Devils are pretty fresh, I think this has the makings of a let down. Let's hope not. If we take this, I think we're pretty much set.