To start off the first, Joseph Blandisi scored a smooth in between the legs goal to beat Michal Neuvirth short side. Great display of using his hands to create a great shot. The Devils rookie is turning out to be a great fit in Coach Hynes’ offense. Blandisi stated after the first period he was trying to get the puck to the net and make plays.
“Joseph Blandisi’s goal is his fourth of the season, third on the power play. Blandisi now has 4g-7a in his last 13 games.” – @NJDevilsPR
The Devils were great on the forecheck in the opening period. Kalinin-Zajac-Palmieri line was giving Giroux’s line a lot of frustration in the Flyers zone. The Flyers two shots on goal in first period match the fewest the Devils have allowed in a period this season. Devils lead 1-0. Shots on goal: Devils 8, Flyers 2.
Not much excitement happened in the second. Cory Schneider started off the 2nd period strong. Denying shots and more importantly making a big play on the Flyers sniper Giroux. Boucher – Josephson – Kennedy were playing tough. This line was getting a lot of chances at the net but nothing came in their favor that period or the rest of the game. The Devils were outshot by the Flyers 17-18.
To start off the 3rd Period. Sergey Kalinin got a high stick on Claude Giroux and was in the penalty box for 4:00 min. Soon after there was another penalty. Interference by Wayne Simmonds on Stephen Gionta. Tough break for the Flyers but great luck for the Devils. Nothing happened during the 4 on 4 for two minutes.
Cory Schneider has been making save after save but then Shayne Gostisbehere scores for his 10th of the season to tie it at 1-1. Cory Schneider finished with 31 saves, 28 of which came in the second and third periods.
Two and half minutes into the period. Jakub Voracek was called for hooking on Andy Greene. This had set up a 4-3 power play for the devils. Palmeri had skated into the zone passed it to Henrique then passed it back to John Moore then back to Henrique for the OT winner! Devils won 2-1 in the Wells Fargo Center. A big 2 points for the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils now improve to 28-21-7 . Standing with 63 points in the Metropolitan.