Saturday, November 02, 2013

Reversal of fortune as Emery pitches shutout over Devils.

Newark, NJ -- Right on the heels of absorbing the worst beating to the Washington Capitals in franchise history, carrying an offense well south of two goals per game, and missing two key forwards with a dreaded trip up the Jersey Turnpike, you'd think the Orange and Black would be deer in the headlights on Saturday at Prudential Center.

As Chuck Berry sang ages ago: C'est la vie say the old folks. Goes to show you never can tell.

Ray Emery picked up his first win of the season by stopping all 14 shots he faced and the Philadelphia Flyers slinked away with a 1-0 decision over the New Jersey Devils.

Brayden Schenn recorded the lone goal for the Flyers, who allowed a season-low in shots and improved to 4-9-0. It was also Philadelphia's first win in its last five tries in Jersey, since a 4-1 win on January 21, 2012.

The club's second road victory on the young campaign occured without forwards  Steve Downie  (concussion)  and  Vinny  Lecavalier  (face), both collateral damage from Friday's late fisticuffs.

"We got the [crap] kicked out of us the last game," Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said. "Everyone has to dig in and put pressure on and try to do something and be ready to play."

Emery  stepped  in for his  third start, helping Philly erase the memory of an ugly 7-0 home on  Friday --  one in  which Emery subbed for starter Steve Mason and ended up accumulating 29 penalty  minutes  for pummeling opposing  goaltender Braden Holtby in a third-period brawl.

It  was  all business  on  Saturday,  however,  as the  31-year-old  netminder recorded his 15th career whitewash and fourth with his current franchise.

Martin  Brodeur made 20  saves in defeat for the Devils, who had won two games in a row.

“We didn’t create much. Not enough,” Devils head coach Pete DeBoer said. “Obviously (Ryane) Clowe, Zajac and Elias being out of your lineup doesn’t help, but we have to find a way with the group we have in there to get the job done. You can’t win if you can’t get a goal.”

Emery was the recipient of some late-game luck to keep his shutout intact.

Michael  Ryder  was turned  away by  Emery just  prior to  the midway point of the  third period  during a Devils power  play, keeping it a one-goal game for the visitors.

Adam  Henrique  then missed wide  right on an open  chance in close with seven minutes left in the contest, and Ryder caught iron from the left circle on the advantage with just over 4 1/2 minutes to play.

Brodeur  was  sent to  the bench  with 1:10 on  the clock,  but a comeback was derailed  when Dainius  Zubrus  was sent  off for  hooking  Scott Hartnell  to disrupt his chance at the empty net with 32 seconds remaining.

"The Flyers played really well, but we have to find ways to break them a little bit more," the venerable veteran netminder said. "We had two power plays in the last 10 minutes of the game. Did we get a shot? I'm not sure. That's not good enough."

The  Flyers hit the scoreboard with 5:31 remaining in the opening period, when a right-circle try from Andrej Meszaros appeared to be redirected by Schenn in a goalmouth scramble.
I knew that focus was there, and we played a strong game," Flyers coach Craig Berube said.
I knew that focus was there, and we played a strong game," Flyers coach Craig Berube said.
I knew that focus was there, and we played a strong game," Flyers coach Craig Berube said.

Jaromir  Jagr came within inches of tying the game as the clock ticked down to two  minutes  remaining in the  second. Though he  caught Emery unaware at the right  post,  his backhand  of a  rolling puck  slide along  the goal line and exited on the opposite side of the crease.

"I knew that focus was there, and we played a strong game," said Flyers head coach Craig Berube of his club, which cut down the usual killer turnovers to a minimum.

Notes:  Before  Emery did  so, Roman Cechmanek was  the only Flyers netminder to win a 1-0  road contest against  the Devils, a 22-save decision on Feb. 27, 2002 ... Emery  posted  his fourth  shutout with  Philadelphia and  first since Feb. 1, 2010,  a 3-0  win in Calgary, which was  also his last win in a Flyers uniform ...  Flyers  forward Matt  Read took  three minors in  the first period alone, after  accumulating  14 penalty minutes  in his  career until Saturday ... The Devils  scratched  forwards  Patrik  Elias  (upper-body),  Travis  Zajac,  and defenseman  Peter Harrold ... Hal  Gill  made  his Philadelphia  debut  after being a  healthy scratch  for the season's first 12 games ... Zubrus skated in his 1,100th career contest ... Tye McGinn was recalled from Adirondack of the AHL.

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