March 16, 2017
Greg Boysen

The Philadelphia Flyers blew out the Pittsburgh Penguins last night and headed into New Jersey to face a Devils team who had lost their last 10 games and was starting their backup goaltender.  What could possibly go wrong?

Michael Del Zotto got the scoring started with just three minutes left in the first period with some help from the top two in assists on the team.  Claude Giroux passed across the ice to Jakub Voracek who quickly found Del Zotto creeping into the slot where he fired into a wide open net for his fifth goal of the season. 

The lead did not last long as Kyle Palmeiri tied the game just 71 seconds later with his team high 23rd goal of the year.  Travis Zajac beat Valtterri Filppula at the right faceoff dot and Palmeiri quickly fired a one-timer past Steve Mason.

Adam Henrique gave the Devils a 2-1 lead 5:50 into the second period as fired a one-timer from the slot past Mason off a setup pass from Beau Bennett.

Just about four minutes later, Joseph Bladisi doubled the New Jersey lead on the power play by getting to the front of the net and tipping in Damon Svenson’s shot from the point into the Flyers net. 

Brayden Schenn got the Flyers back to within one goal at 11:13 of the second period with his 21st goal of the season.  Radko Gudas picked up the primary assist by finding Schenn at the side of the net and he quickly shoveled a backhand past Keith Kinkaid.  Del Zotto was credited with the secondary assist.

The third period got off to a rough start as Taylor Hall scored just 1:33 in.  Shortly after breaking his stick on a one-timer attempt, he headed back to the bench to receive a new twig and then showed off his great hands by beating Mason on breakaway attempt thanks to Del Zotto falling down in the neutral zone.

To make matters worse, Mason suffered an apparent lower body injury on the play and had to be helped off the ice and straight into the locker room. Ron Hextall told reporters after the game that Mason had to leave due to cramping and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. 

Henrique scored again at the 4:08 mark, to give the Devils a 5-2 lead, by getting to and jamming the puck in past Michal Neuvirth.  Hall ice added another goal with an empty net tally at 15:21.

The Flyers are now 0-3-0 versus the Devils this season and have been outscored 14-3. That’s not good……