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NEWARK, N.J. -- After earning headlines all the wrong reasons one night earlier, Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery made amends in a big way with 14 saves behind a stellar defensive effort in a 1-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Saturday.
In a bit of a surprise, Flyers coach Craig Berube opted to start Emery, who totaled 29 minutes in penalties after leaving his crease to engage in a fight with Washington Capitals goalie Bradon Holtby on Friday. Emery came in relief of starter Steve Mason in the second period and exited the game following his fight at 5:31 of the third after yielding four goals on 15 shots in the 7-0 loss.
Berube wouldn't reveal his starter during his pregame meeting with the media but said the coaching staff had a set plan and was going to stick to it. In the end, it worked. The 14 shots allowed by the Flyers were the fewest this season.
Brayden Schenn scored late in the first period to give the Flyers (4-9-0) a much-needed victory.
Emery turned aside three shots in the third period, including a big rebound attempt by Michael Ryder with the Devils working on the power play at the midway point. Adam Henrique had a golden opportunity less than three minutes later when he broke in down the slot and gathered a feed, but his backhand attempt went wide of the right post.
The shutout for Emery, making his first start in seven games, was the 15th of his career and second against the Devils. It was his first victory of the season in four games.
Ryder had another good opportunity off a shot from the left circle that rang off the long-side post with less than five minutes left. The Devils pulled Martin Brodeur (20 saves) with just over one minute left but the Flyers defense did the rest. Dainius Zubrus, who was playing his 1,100th NHL game, was whistled for hooking with 31.3 seconds to go.
Brodeur, who was in net for the previous two victories, made some big stops in the third with the Flyers working the power play. He turned away a snap shot attempt by Schenn at 4:53 before denying a slapper off the stick of Braydon Coburn at 5:52. The 41-year-old would continue his strong play to keep the Devils within one goal as the Flyers turned on the offense midway through the period.
Philadelphia shook off the shock of the loss to the Capitals when they opened the scoring at 14:29 of the first. Schenn redirected a shot from the slot past Brodeur for a 1-0 lead. Andrej Meszaros, making his second start in eight games, lined a rope from the top of right circle that Schenn deflected inside the long-side post for his third of the season.
The Devils just missed tying the game 17:57 into the second when Jaromir Jagr backhanded an attempt at the left post that trickled along the goal line behind Emery but never crossed. The Flyers limited the Devils to 11 shots through two periods.
Each teams was without key starters. The Devils scratched forwards Travis Zajac (ankle) and Patrik Elias (upper body soreness), and the Flyers were minus Steve Downie (concussion) and Vincent Lecavalier (facial contusion).
The Devils had Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby in the lineup; the Flyers had American Hockey League call-up Tye McGinn and feisty Jay Rosehill as replacements. Berube also listed defensemen Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson as healthy scratches in favor of Hal Gill and Meszaros.
|Matt Read Slashing against Eric Gelinas|
|Eric Gelinas Roughing against Scott Hartnell|
|Dainius Zubrus Slashing against Mark Streit|
|Matt Read Tripping against Ryan Carter|
|Matt Read Charging against Anton Volchenkov|
|Anton Volchenkov Holding against Michael Raffl|
|Jaromir Jagr Hooking against Claude Giroux|
|Hal Gill Holding against Jaromir Jagr|
|Wayne Simmonds Hi-sticking against Adam Henrique|
|Dainius Zubrus Hooking against Scott Hartnell|
|SA: 14||TOI: 59:10|
|Saves: 14||EV: 11 - 11|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 21||TOI: 58:55|
|Saves: 20||EV: 15 - 16|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .952||SH: 0 - 0|
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