Many times, a low scoring hockey game is a frustrating one to watch. But for Philadelphia Flyers fans Saturday night, 1-0 was perfectly fine, as the Flyers were in desperate need of a win before becoming sole possessors of the cellar spot in the entire Eastern Conference. Already in last place in the Metropolitan Division coming into tonight's game, two points were exactly what the Flyers needed – and they got it. While the Flyers only mustered one goal against Marty Brodeur and the Devils, Ray Emery shut those Devils out, allowing the Flyers to walk away winners tonight, picking up those crucial two points to get them back on track.
The only goal of tonight's game was scored nearly 15 minutes into the first period, as Brayden Schenn redirected an Andrej Meszaros shot to put the Flyers up for good. The Flyers defense looked impressive tonight, only allowing 14 shots to reach Ray Emery, who stopped everything that came his way. Marty Brodeur stopped 20 of 21 Flyers shots tonight, and kept the Devils hanging around until the final horn. The Devils did have a few notable scoring chances, including one from former Flyer Jaromir Jagr late in the second period that nearly tied the game – but never came away with anything to show for it.
The Flyers power play went 0 for 4 tonight against Brodeur and the Devils, but the Flyers killed off all five New Jersey man advantages. The Flyers looked very good on faceoffs tonight, and played much improved defense. Perhaps the addition of Hal Gill to the lineup helped – tonight's game was Gill's first game since April 27th of last year, and his first in a Flyers uniform.
It wasn't a pretty win, but it's exactly what the Flyers needed – a nice two points against a division opponent. The defense stood strong in front of Ray Emery – ironically just 24 hours after both the defense and Emery were utterly embarrassed by the Washington Capitals. It was a nice bounce back from the 7-0 drilling that the Flyers took in Philadelphia last night. It's hard to win back to back games, but it may be even harder to win the second of a back to back after getting blown out in the first. The Flyers went against that bit of conventional wisdom tonight and got the job done. They move to 4-9-0 with the win – and still have a very long way to go before they can be taken seriously. Next up are the Hurricanes in Carolina on Tuesday night.
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