Rapid Reaction: Devils 5, Flyers 2

March, 13, 2013
3/13/13
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NEWARK, N.J. -- In case you don't remember Devils fans, this is a winning streak.

For the first time in more than a month, the Devils have won consecutive games after knocking off the Flyers, 5-2, on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. The Devils never trailed and jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period by capitalizing on Philadelphia's porous defense.

ELIMINATION COMING? Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said if the Flyers lost both games against the Devils this week (the teams meet again Friday), Philadelphia would be "done" in their quest for the playoffs. After winning Wednesday, the Devils are now six points ahead of Philadelphia, with a game in hand, and halfway toward delivering a possible fatal blow to Philadelphia's playoff hopes.

GOT YOUR NUMBER: The Devils are now a perfect 3-0 on the year against the Flyers at home, scoring 13 goals in the three games. As the Devils try to make the playoffs, they need to be able to feed off the bottom feeders, and so far, they've done just that against Philadelphia. The Flyers are in last place in the Atlantic Division at 12-15-1 on the season.

GOALS GALORE: The Devils had not scored more than three goals in a game dating back to the last time they played the Flyers on Feb. 15, but it seems Philadelphia brings out New Jersey's best. The Devils had four goals less than halfway through the second period as they won easily.

HENRIQUE FOR THREE: Adam Henrique scored two goals and added an assist on Wednesday to continue his hot play. In the last seven games he now has scored five goals and notched an assist, giving him one more point this month than he scored in all of January and February combined. As the Devils look to right their offense, steady play like this from Henrique will be huge.

DEFENSE: While it certainly helped facing a struggling Philadelphia squad, the Devils played strong defense on Wednesday. The first Philadelphia goal came on the power play and the Flyers didn't score at even strength until there was less than four minutes left in the game. Had Philadelphia not scored that last tally, the Devils would have held an opponent to just one goal for the first time since Feb. 10.

UP NEXT: The Devils will head to Philadelphia to complete this home-and-home series against the Flyers on Friday at 7 p.m.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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