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game recap

Flyers 4, Devils 1

Saturday, 01.21.2012 / 1:56 PM

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Flyers 4, Devils 1
Philadelphia Flyers 4, New Jersey Devils 1
Three Stars of the Game
Scott Hartnell
1st
Scott Hartnell
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 4
+/-: 0TOI: 15:29
Wayne Simmonds
2nd
Wayne Simmonds
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 16:18
Ilya Bryzgalov
3rd
SA: 31TOI: 59:55
GA: 1EV: 21-22
PIM: 0PP: 8-8
SV%: .968SH: 1-1


 
NEWARK, N.J. -- Scott Hartnell scored a pair of power-play goals and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves as thePhiladelphia Flyers scored a 4-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils in a Saturday matinee between Atlantic Division rivals at Prudential Center.
 
The Flyers, who lost first-line wing Jaromir Jagr to a lower-body injury in the first period, also received a goal and two assists from Wayne Simmonds. The Flyers connected for four goals on 20 shots against Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who was making his fourth straight start between the pipes. Claude Giroux, who's goal-scoring drought extended to nine games, did chip in with two assists in the victory.
 
The Devils outshot Philadelphia, 31-20. For Bryzgalov, who was making his third start in four games, it marked the first time since Oct. 6-8 that he notched two straight wins while allowing one goal or less in each contest.
 
A scoreless first period was followed by some offensive fireworks in the second.
 
The Flyers opened a 2-0 lead on goals by rookie Matt Read and Hartnell, who has scored 11 of his team-leading 22 goals on the power-play. Read's 15th of the season went top shelf after taking a pass from behind the net by Simmonds at the 9:30 mark. Hartnell's 21st goal came off a deflection in the slot following a blast from the left point by Kimmo Timonen with the Flyers on the power-play at 13:04. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout 3:07 into the second and his club certainly responded, scoring four goals on 16 shots to close out the game.
 
Alexei Ponikarovsky then connected for eighth of the season his first as a Devil when he deftly redirected a point blast by Matt Taormina in the left circle to beat Bryzgalov just 28 seconds after Hartnell's goal. It was Ponikarovsky's first goal since Dec. 13, snapping a 17-game goal-scoring drought, when he scored in a 2-1 loss at Toronto.
 
The Flyers played most of the game without the services of Jagr, who exited the contest in the first after totaling just 3:12 of ice time on four shifts.
 
It took almost half a period before the clubs began generating some good scoring opportunities in the opening 20 minutes and then both goalies came up with some big stops. Bryzgalov denied Petr Sykorawith the tip of his left pad off a blast from the top of the left circle with 9:01 left in the first and Brodeur slid to his left to stone Braydon Coburn's rocket from the right circle with 5:42 remaining.
 
Ponikarovsky, who was acquired by the Devils from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, played on a line with center Jacob Josefson and David Clarkson. Ponikarovsky, held scoreless in 15:20 of ice time during Carolina's 3-0 win again Washington on Friday, earned 4:32 of ice time in the first and was credited with one hit.

Simmonds' goal came into an empty-net with 2:22 remaining in the third, giving the visitors a 4-1 lead.
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
09:30
PHI
Matt Read (15) Snap shot - ASST: Wayne Simmonds (12)
1 - 0 PHI
13:04
PHI
PPG - Scott Hartnell (21) Slapshot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (26), Claude Giroux (33)
2 - 0 PHI
13:32
NJD
Alexei Ponikarovsky (8) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Taormina (4), David Clarkson (6)
2 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
08:07
PHI
PPG - Scott Hartnell (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Claude Giroux (34), Wayne Simmonds (13)
3 - 1 PHI
17:38
PHI
EN - Wayne Simmonds (13) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 1 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
05:15
NJD
Eric Boulton  Fighting (maj) against  Jody Shelley
05:15
PHI
Jody Shelley  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Boulton
11:24
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Slashing against  David Clarkson
11:59
NJD
David Clarkson  Interference against  Matt Read
14:18
PHI
Daniel Briere  Elbowing against  Martin Brodeur
2nd Period
10:42
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Hi-sticking against  Eric Boulton
12:54
NJD
Adam Larsson  Interference against  Claude Giroux
16:12
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Hooking against  Matt Taormina
16:12
NJD
David Clarkson  Misconduct (10 min)
19:18
NJD
Brad Mills  Tripping against  Erik Gustafsson
20:00
NJD
Dainius Zubrus  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
20:00
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Boarding against  Anton Volchenkov
20:00
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Dainius Zubrus
3rd Period
07:20
NJD
Ilya Kovalchuk  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
13:19
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:14
NJD
Brad Mills  Hi-sticking against  Maxime Talbot
18:14
NJD
Brad Mills  Misconduct (10 min)
18:14
PHI
Marc-Andre Bourdon  Misconduct (10 min)
18:14
NJD
Eric Boulton  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
18-10-3
SA: 31TOI: 59:55
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .968SH: 1 - 1
Martin Brodeur
SA: 19TOI: 59:30
Saves: 16EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .842SH: 1 - 1
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