The Philadelphia Flyers came in to Saturday evening’s game ready to get their second half started on a good note. A game against the New Jersey Devils and a chance to continue their momentum and uphill battle through the Metropolitan Division.
Travis Sanheim was back in the lineup for a sick Shayne Gostisbehere.
Claude Giroux was very happy.
The Devils took an early lead against the Flyers.
Radko Gudas made the initial stop, but Nico Hischier got the puck to his teammate for the goal.
It was tough for Sanheim, who played it well, but dropped his stick and eventually led to the goal.
Sean Couturier continued his breakout season with his 24th goal of the season, driving the net and putting home a rebound.
Andrew MacDonald’s shot got through the defense after a Jordan Weal deflection and Couturier slammed it home.
Couturier bullied Hischier that entire shift and got rewarded with a goal.
Early in the second period, Kyle Palmieri ripped a one-timer through Brian Elliott to make it 2-1 Devils.
Nolan Patrick took his second high-sticking penalty of the game and the Flyers’ fifth of the game.
Jake Voracek drew another penalty and on the man-advantage, Claude Giroux ripped a one-timer home to tie it up! The goal would eventually get changed to Wayne Simmonds’ goal after replay showed it deflected in off him.
Couturier got it over to Voracek, who kicked-passed it to Giroux for the blast!
What a snipe.
What a feed.
What a shot.
At the end of two period of play, the Flyers led the Devils 3-2.
Claude Giroux was having some fun.
Travis Konecny would make it 4-2 early in the third! Couturier got the puck over to Ivan Provorov, who found Travis Konecny wide open for the breakaway goal.
What a pass from Provorov!
Then minutes later, Michael Raffl put home a pass from Jake Voracek!
What a feed from Voracek and an even better finish by Raffl!
A beautiful backhand.
The Devils would get a goal with less than a minute left in regulation on their 7th power play of the game, but that would be it. The Flyers would win their fourth-consecutive game by a score of 5-3.
Dave Hakstol would record his 100th career win.
High-fives and business-like handshakes continued their way into the second half of the season!
The Flyers return to the ice on Tuesday evening against the New York Rangers.
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