Rapid Reaction: Devils 4, Flyers 3 (SO)
November, 3, 2011
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: Patrik Elias continues to kill the Flyers. His decisive backhanded goal in the shootout gave the Devils a 4-3 victory over the mighty Flyers on Thursday night. The Devils had lost their previous three games in a row. Elias now has points in nine of the Devils' 11 games this season (5-5-1). David Clarkson's backhanded goal with 6:25 remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime. It was Elias who kept the puck in the Philadelphia zone and passed to Clarkson for the tying score.
THAT’S A FIRST: Adam Henrique buried a one-timer from Ilya Kovalchuk off a 2-on-1 rush for his first NHL goal in the second period. The 21-year-old is currently centering Kovalchuk and Zach Parise.
HEDDY: Johan Hedberg allowed three goals on 23 shots. The Devils backup netminder stoned Zac Rinaldo on a second-period breakaway, but gave up a penalty shot goal to Max Talbot 2:37 into the third period after Talbot was hauled down Mark Fayne.
TURNING IT AROUND: The Devils fell behind 2-0 and looked as though they
were going to get blown out of the building. But they kept pelting pucks at the net, and Parise finally cashed in, sending a blind backhander that got by Sergei Bobrovsky and turning the game around. The Devils had 21 shots in the second period alone.
SEVEN: That’s how many consecutive games Kovalchuk has gone without a goal. He was robbed by Bobrovsky on a second-period breakaway. The Russian sniper did, however, record two assists. Kovalchuk left the game late in the third with the trainer. He hurt himself on his final shift and appeared to be favoring his left leg. Coach Peter DeBoer said on the telecast after the game that Kovalchuk has a lower body injury.
DEBUT OF FRASER: Andy Greene was a late scratch so Mark Fraser made his season debut. Greene also has a lower body injury, DeBoer said.
KILLING IN THE NAME OF PENALTIES: The Flyers went 0-for-6 on the power play. The Devils came into Thursday night’s action ranked fourth in the NHL in penalty killing.
UP NEXT: Devils vs. Jets, Saturday night, 7 p.m., Prudential Center