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Devils, Kovalchuck Lead Devils in 3-0 Rout of Flyers

Coming into New Jersey winless, the Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-0) needed a win. They seemed to dominate the puck, but again careless passing led to a bunch of missed chances and yet another division rival walked away with a win, this time the Devils, 3-0.

The Flyers yet again got off to a bad start. They let up an early goal to the Devils (2-0-0) after Travis Zajac was left all alone in front of Ilya Bryzgalov. The Flyers had two power plays in the first ten minutes, but couldn’t get anything going. With 0:24 to go in the period, David Clarkson put a puck of off Ruslan Fedotenko and past Bryzgalov, a soft goal all-around. The period ended with a 2-0 Devils lead.

Giroux denied by Brodeur (via Turner).

The Flyers went on the power play once again less than two minutes into the second period, but let up a breakaway to Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk was stopped, but was awarded a penalty shot and scored to make the 3-0. The Flyers went back on the power play three minutes and didn’t produce a goal, but they looked like they had found some offensive consistency with four or five shots on goal.

The third period went like the first two. The Flyers played well offensively, but were unable to produce anything. They played poorly at times and had to be bailed out by Bryzgalov on those occasions.

The Flyers took a total of six penalties in the game, but only let up one powerplay goal. They had five powerplays for themselves, but failed to capitalize on any and let up a shorthanded. Penalty killing wasn’t the issue in this one, but scoring on the power play and preventing the other team from scoring shorthanded were. They are now 1-for-13 on the season with the man advantage. The Peco Powerplay is a little less powerful.

Brodeur played a fantastic game, keeping the Flyers off the board despite his defense giving up multiple great scoring chances. At the other end of the ice, Bryz was decent despite letting up 3 goals.

To get this season back on track the defense needs to tighten up and the offense needs to get going, or else Holmgren needs to make trades to fill holes.

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Categories: Beat Writing, Flyers

Author:Daniel Blanchard

4 for 4 Philly sports fan.

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