Issues Persist but Flyers Muddle Through in a 3-1 victory. Philadelphia (5-2-1) took both games against the rival, New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. A game full of subplots saw the usual suspect Flyers issues. A total of 8 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes seemed to signal doom.
34 year old, Nate Prosser, who had not played an NHL game since January of 2019 was inserted into the lineup in hopes of revitalizing the backline. Robert Hagg, Mark Friedman we’re healthy scratches. As was Carter Hart’s stick. So, before you scratch your head and ask, “who is this Prosser guy?
After New Jersey lit the lamp on a long range wrister from Damon Severson, Prosser showed why he was playing. After a face off and a scramble, Prosser scampered from his defensive position to bang home a rebound to knot it up. Erik Gustaffson and Kevin Hayes got the helpers.
The teams went back and forth but couldn’t find the back of the net in the second stanza. Despite being outplayed and heavily outshot, the Fly guys got a second goal off the stick of Michael Raffl to seize control. Gustaffson and Jake Voracek teamed up to get the first of the season from Claude Giroux to effectively put this game to bed.
News and Notes:
Final shot totals continue to be alarming with New Jersey accounting for a 34-17 edge. Philly had more shots in the third than they did for the first two periods combined. So, we say that’s a good thing? Carter was outstanding when he needed to be with a few ten bell saves.
The One aspect that Philadelphia was dominant in was face offs. Going on a 74% clip highlighted by Nolan Patrick winning 7 of 9, Claude Giroux 15 for 18, Connor Bunnaman and his 8 of 10. Kevin Hayes secured 6 of 8 with Scott Laughton banging 5 of 8.
Carter Hart stopped 33 shots and counterpart, Scott Wedgewood turned aside 14. Several times in the first two periods the Devils defense had to check on Wedgewood to make sure he was awake.
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