The New Jersey Devils rode a Martin Brodeur shutout to a 3-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. The Flyers finished with 22 shots to New Jersey’s 25. Ray Emery played a solid game, but the Flyers gave him no goal support.
The Devils opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game. Eric Gelinas took a slap shot from the point that was redirected by Adam Henrique. Emery had no chance to make the stop. After that the play pretty much evened out for the rest of the period. The period ended with the teams tied in shots at eight apiece. The second period was almost unbearably boring. The Flyers registered six shots on goal while the Devils registered eight. The best scoring chance of the second period came from Jakub Voracek. He skated out in front of the net and tried a pass across the crease. The pass was blocked but he had a wide open net to shoot at and he lifted the puck over the net. The third period was about as bad as it gets. Three minutes into the period, Meszaros went in to retrieve a New Jersey dump in and got checked behind the goal by Cam Janssen. Janssen, who was called up for the game this morning and is known solely for fighting, scored on the ensuing play. The Flyers looked bad for the rest of the period and had virtually no scoring chances. Jaromir Jagr pickpocketed Meszaros in the final seconds and scored an empty netter with 1.8 seconds left.
-The power play looked absolutely awful. They went 0-3 and at times they were pinned in their own zone. Instead of helping the team gain momentum, the power play killed whatever momentum the Flyers did have. Both units looked equally terrible.
-Craig Berube changed up the lines in the third period. Lecavalier centered Giroux and Read, while Schenn centered Voracek and Hartnell. The bottom two lines stayed the same. Giroux looked awkward trying to play wing. Although, the way this team is(n’t) scoring, it can’t hurt to try something new, right?
-Don’t be surprised if Meszaros is watching from the press box on Saturday. The final two goals against were a result of his lazy plays. In general, Mez played a bad game. With the message sent to Luke Schenn, I would expect to see him back in the game. I would not be surprised to see Gustafsson either. His speed and puck moving ability will help this dreadful offense.