Flyers show some moxie in New Jersey, beat the Devils 6-3

In a wild contest at the Prudential Center, the Philadelphia Flyers explode for six goals in a much needed win over the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night, 6-3. The Flyers battled and showed some resiliency tonight after falling into some bad habits over their last four games or so. The Flyers weren’t void of mistakes tonight but they always pushed back when the Devils started to take an advantage territorially. All things considered, it was just what the Flyers needed against a rival team that they haven’t had much success against so they’ll take the two points and run.
The Flyers received goals from Shayne Ghostisbehere (11th), Brayden Schenn (17th), Wayne Simmonds (21st), Nick Cousins (2nd), Jake Voracek (9th) and Ryan White (7th) in the win. Philadelphia made their opportunities count in this one and had stretches where they looked like the better team. With that said the Flyers also managed to go 20 minutes without registering a shot on goal and once again, sat back when they took the lead. This was the final game of the season series between the Flyers and Devils with both teams having one twice in each other’s building. Philadelphia, however, will take 3 of a possible 4 points from New Jersey in the 2015-2016 season.
Winning goaltender Michal Neuvirth was solid in goal as he turned 21 of 24 shots in this one. Neuvirth also made several key stops on many of the Devils’ powerplays as well. The win gives Neuvirth his 12th of the season.
Here are your game notes:
Defensemen Radko Gudas is beginning to turn into a liability out there for the Flyers as he was called for a 10-minute match penalty after a hit to the head against Devils forward Bobby Farnham early in the first period. After seeing the replay more than once, it never appears as if Gudas makes contact with the head and that may be what saves him from supplemental discipline from the league offices. However, the play is not a smart one by the Czech defensemen; Gudas shouldn’t even attempt to hit Farnham there as the play was already going the other way. To be blunt about the sequence, there is just no good reason for Gudas to engage Farnham and the Flyers might be down another defenseman because of his lack of discipline.
Mark Streit and Evgeny Medvedev had really strong games for the Flyers tonight in Michael Del Zotto’s absence. Both players logged well over 20 minutes of TOI (time on ice) in the win and looked good doing so. Streit and Medvedev had a game full of good neutral zone reads, strong board play and heady decision making with the puck in this one. Perhaps the Flyers have stumbled upon a tandem that could mesh well enough together to take those tough top pairing minutes that the team has been fulling by committee over the course of the season.

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