The Flyers landed in Newark with a match-up with Division Rival New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. The Orange and Black were finishing a road trip that took them to Sin City the Dessert, the top of the Colorado Rockies, and Newark Nj. Carter Hart got the nod as he returned to the net for the Flyers
The Flyers needed every bit of their goaltender’s brilliance. They were outshot 49-24 but found a way, in large thanks to Hart.
The Flyers did not play a clean technical game, not by a long shot. They once again found themselves down early this time it was Jack Hughes of the Devils who lit the lamp first at the 4:20 mark of the first period on the power play to give the Devils the lead. It was Hughes’s 16 goal of the season.
The score would remain that way until the 4:12 mark of the second period when Scott Laughton would score his 5th of the season for the Flyers the goal was on the power play. Tying the game at one apiece.
The game would grind along from there mired in fights, penalties, and a lot of New Jersey shots on Carter Hart. The Flyers would benefit from a New Jersey turnover in their offensive zone. A play that has gone against them for most of the season.
This time though it was Noah Cates who sprung Travis Konecny on the break away the result was his 12th goal of the year and a 2-1 Flyers lead. The goal was at the 11:46 mark of the third period.
The Flyers would hang on from there to earn their 10th win of the season. The Flyers (10-14-7) went 1-1-2 on their four-game road trip. All four games were decided by one goal. The club has really been fighting it from a win-loss standpoint. The Flyers entered with two wins in their previous 18 games (2-11-5).
This And That
The Flyers are 2-1-0 against the Devils (21-7-2) this season.
• After not starting Tuesday for the first time since Nov. 26, Hart was back in the net.
• The Flyers’ power play was 1 for 5 on the night (15-92 16%)
Kevin Hayes the Flyers’ leading scorer (29 points in 31 games) was benched for the entire third period by Tortorella.
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