The second period began with the Flyers taking control and going on the power play. A Kimmo Timonen turnover to Zajac led to a streaking Ilya Kovalchuk heading in on Bryzgalov to which Timonen was forced to hook Kovalchuk and award him a penalty shot. He did not miss to put the Devils up 3-0. Kovalchuk is 3-for-4 on penalty shot opportunities in his career and went 11-for-14 in shootout chances last season. The period slowly began to shift in the Devils favor when Brayden Schenn ran over Anton Volchenkov then Wayne Simmonds pushed Martin Brodeur which got everyone fired up. The Flyers took that spark to the locker room as they were outshot 13-8 in the second period and trailed 3-0 heading into the third.
The third period began with a lot of action in the Flyers defensive zone with the Devils controlling the attack. Claude Giroux bailed out the Flyers with a great diving defensive play before getting taken down at the blue line. Giroux was whistled for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after voicing his frustration about the lack of a call. The Flyers killed the penalty which left the Devils 1-for-5 on the power play at that point. Giroux would be later called for a slash. Just seven seconds later, Nick Grossmann would clear the puck out of the zone with touching anything that would’ve given them a two-man advantage before Marek Zidlicky would be called for a tocuh interference penalty to make it a 4-on-3 with just over 7:00 remaining. Aside from a Wayne Simmonds-David Clarkson fight and a Brayden Schenn-Steve Bernier fight with less than a minute to go, there wasn’t much to write home about in the final seven minutes of the game as the Devils would win 3-0.
- Kimmo Timonen led all Flyers with 22:47 of ice time.
- The shutout was Martin Brodeur’s 10th career shutout against the Flyers and 120th overall.
- Brayden Schenn registered four hits tonight which were two more than any other player.
- Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 23 of 26 shots fired his way.
- Brodeur stopped all 24 Flyers shots.
- Scott Hartnell had five shots on goal with Andrej Meszaros and Jake Voracek added three shots a piece.
- Ilya Kovalchuk led all skaters with 23:02 of ice time.
- For the third time in three games, no Flyer was featured as one of the three stars of the game.
- Wayne Simmonds registered 11 penalty minutes.
The Flyers get back at it on Thursday at 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center as the New York Rangers come to town.
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