Devils 4, Flyers 3: Sitting back in third proves costly

Updated: February 1, 2018 at 11:02 pm by Matt Brauckmann

It seems like the Flyers are seeing the Devils all the time now, right?

The Orange and Black came into this game fresh off of an awful and sloppy loss to the division-leading Capitals, and tonight they looked to get back on track against a team that is right there with them in the standings.

1ST PERIOD

This one got underway with an event filled first stanza.

A little over two minutes into the game, Nolan Patrick would get called for a hook. That put the Flyers down a man and their abysmal penalty-kill provided no form of relief to Alex Lyon, and the Devils were quick to take a 1-0 lead.

The Flyers would get a power play not long after and the Captain would get them right back into the thick of it with his 15th goal of the season.

A bit after that is when the fireworks let loose. Gudas hit a Devil on a freak play and the Devils took exception to it. That led to a Gudas penalty, a Voracek penalty, and another Brandon Manning fight. The Devils would once again capitalize on their power play to make it 2-1.

That lead was once again short-lived as Wayne Simmonds put in his 17th goal of the year on a Flyer power play.

That would cap off the scoring for the first period and the teams went to the locker room tied and with the Flyers leading in shots, 9-6.

2ND PERIOD

After a raucous first period that saw 6 power plays and 4 special teams goals, the second period was relatively quiet.

The lone event happened about 7 minutes into the period when Shayne Gostisbehere fired a rocket off a redirected pass from the circles.

That was it for the second period. The Flyers headed to the locker room with the lead and outshot the Devils 10-7 in that period.

3RD PERIOD

The second-period play did not carry over to the third. The Flyers came out of the gates absolutely flat in something that’s become a very common theme this season. The Devils came out and shelled the Flyers and about 11 minutes in, Severson beat Lyon to tie the game at 3.

After the Devils tied it up, the Flyers finally managed to get themselves a shot on goal. That was over 12 minutes into the period.

It was really no help. The Flyers continued to get outplayed in every facet of the game. The generated a few shots on net but nothing that really could be considered high danger.

With under two minutes left the Devils sealed the deal off of a tip infront that squeaked over the goal line. That was the third straight loss for the Flyers and really put a damper on their footings in the Metropolitan division.

QUICK HITTERS

  • Alex Lyon looked pretty good in his first (starting) game for the Flyers. He didn’t face many shots, but he certainly kept them in the game and gave them a chance to win. If Michal Neuvirth keeps up with these nagging injuries and sicknesses, Alex Lyon could see more time.
  • The Flyers took more than 10 minutes to generate a shot on goal in the third period. I’m not sure if part of Dave Hakstol’s coaching plan is to sit back and play defense or if the team just can’t generate offense, but they are failing miserably. It’s costing them valuable points and it needs to change as soon as possible.
  • Brandon Manning has been on the ice for 6 of the last 10 Flyer goals against. Considering he plays about 15 minutes a night, that is a clear indicator that something is wrong there. Sanheim’s time to shine.

Next Game:

Flyers vs. Senators

Saturday at 1pm

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