Schenn's OT Winner Slices Devils
It certainly could not have been made any tougher on Tuesday night, but the Philadelphia Flyers ended a six-game road trip with five wins, outlasting the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in an overtime victory.
Brayden Schenn sent the road warriors home happy with the game winner.
Wayne Simmonds dug a loose puck off the half boards, sending the puck to Nicklas Grossmann. The Swede fooled everyone with a fake half-slapper, sending a slap pass to a wide open Schenn who deposited the puck past a diving Martin Brodeur.
Schenn ended the night not only with a nasty gash to his midsection from Danius Zubrus' skate, but he scored two points in this game. He has scored six points in his last four games.
Ray Emery also held a largely sleepy Flyers team in the game with 31 saves on the night.
"I thought we definitely played better in the second half," Emery said. "(The Devils are) a tough team to play against."
That comeback would not have been possible without Giroux's third period power play goal.
Shell-shocked after being held off of Canada's Olympic team earlier in the day, Giroux rebounded with aggressive play, shooting through a heavy power play screen to tie up what was a largely dull contest.
"Any time somebody takes something away from you, you want to prove them wrong," Giroux said of his frustration. "Right now I'm worried about the Flyers and winning games."
Even with all of these ingredients combined, it still should not have been this difficult to win—even if the Devils controlled the play most of the night. After Schenn set up a Scott Hartnell tally halfway through the third period, Travis Zajac caught captain Claude Giroux with a stick in the face, sending the Flyers to the power play.
While down a man, the Devils pulled Brodeur for the extra attacker, and that proved to be successful. Similar to Schenn's game winner, Marek Zidlicky found a wide-open Michael Ryder back door, tipping a delicious dish past Emery to tie the score with just seconds remaining.
However, good teams find a way, and the Flyers did just that on Tuesday with the victory. Even while being outshot 14-6 through one period of play, and with special teams going just 1/5 a man up, they found a way to win.
"We didn't have a great first period, we regrouped, played a good second period," head coach Craig Berube said. "It was a good game. We hung in there."
Two points. A sigh of relief.
"I think we believe in our system," Giroux said. "I think we believe in our players."
Ever since the New Jersey Devils moved to Prudential Center, the Philadelphia Flyers have given up many goals within the first five minutes. Adam Henrique continued that trend, tapping home a picturesque set of moves and a scintillating cross-crease feed from a familiar face, Devils' leading scorer Jaromir Jagr.
In the process, Jagr tied his former teammate, Mario Lemieux, by scoring his 1,723rd career point for seventh all-time in NHL history. No doubt about it, Jagr put forth a dominating performance using his size and puck protection ability.
Even through Jagr's domination, even when down early, they found a way. Tied late in the third, they found a way. Inches from losing, they found a way.
Eight wins in the last ten games have the Flyers placed second in the Metropolitan Division headed home for two straight home contests. Who would have ever guessed that after a franchise-worst start?
They found a way.