The Philadelphia Flyers were looking to bounce back from a tough loss to the Washington Capitals with a backend of their back-to-back with the New Jersey Devils.
Alex Lyon was ready to make his first NHL start.
Travis Konecny was checking SonsofPenn.com.
While Ivan Provorov was dapper as ever.
Sean Couturier was happy to be on the ice.
Lyon was tested early, but made a big save.
Then the Devils took the lead on a beautiful shot from Kyle Palmieri.
Claude Giroux capitalized on the power play.
Giroux ended his goal drought on a broken play.
Then chaos broke loose. Radko Gudas tried to avoid colliding with Wayne Simmonds, but in the process crushed Palmieri, hurting him.
You can see that Gudas wasn’t intentionally trying to do that, but it didn’t matter. Good news is that Palmieri returned to the game.
Then Stafford would redirect a puck through Lyon’s five-hole, giving the Devils a 2-1 lead.
Gudas and Zajac dropped the gloves.
But Wayne Simmonds would tie it up on the rebound.
And Voracek was hit late behind the play.
It was a big one for Ghost.
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Lyon continued to make some big saves, especially on this Bratt chance.
Dave Hakstol and Ian Laperriere traded strategies on how to kill penalties.
Lyon continued to make big saves to keep his team up a goal.
But then a breakdown in the corner gave the Devils a prime scoring chance, which they capitalized on.
Three Flyers, including both defensemen, were caught on the same side of the ice.
Shayne Gostisbehere had to help out Lyon with some crafty goaltending of his own.
But with 1:27 left in regulation, Nico Hischier scored a goal that just trickled through Alex Lyon.
A really tough one to give up for Lyon.
The Flyers have lost three-straight regulation games and are reeling. They return to action on Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.
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