PHILADELPHIA- Coming off a 4-3 loss against Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers looked for redemption against their turnpike rival, New Jersey Devils.
Steve Mason was in between the pipes for his sixth consecutive start for the orange and black facing Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur. Tuesday’s game marked the third and final meeting between the clubs this season and possibly the last time the Flyers will face Brodeur with potential retirement come this off season. Brayden Schenn led the Philly into an overtime victory in the last game played in New Jersey on January 7th. As for the series finale, the Flyers did not come out on top.
Returning to Philadelphia in a Devils sweater, Jaromir Jagr did not disappoint his new organization contributing a goal (21), an assist and approximately nineteen ice minutes.
When asked about his successful game Jagr stated “I think I have a little bit bigger role than I had in Philly…you’ve got to grab the opportunity. But first you’ve got to get a chance. I got a chance to play, and now it’s up to me. It’s an advantage and I take it.”
New Jersey was first on the scoreboard with a wrist shot by Travis Zajac (12) ending the first period with the lone goal. Just 42 seconds into the second period, Defenseman Nicolas Grossman lit the lamp with a slap shot goal his first goal of the season giving the Flyers an even score. Later in the third, the familiar face of Jagr gave the Devils the lead. With pushing and shoving the Flyers fought their battle until the very end.
Only 40.1 seconds left in the third period, Scott Hartnell, sent the puck into the pads of Brodeur making its way to the back on the net.
The entire Wells Fargo Center was on their feet when the referees waived off the goal. Pleading their case, the goal went under review only bringing the news no goal remained.
Fury took over the arena from both players and fans.
It was no secret Jakub Voracek was upset with the no goal outcome, “With playoffs on the line they’re going to make a call like that” he said “It’s incredible. It’s a joke.
” When the buzzer [from Toronto] went on I was 100 percent sure it was going to be a goal…I cannot believe it wasn’t a goal. He didn’t blow the whistle. When he waved no goal It was a shock for me…with playoffs on the line it was great hockey all game long and that call ruined the whole game.”
Fans watched as the clock ticked down to zero witnessing the Flyers second consecutive loss.
With New Jersey taking the two points in the contest, Martin Brodeur earned his 50th career win against the Flyers.
Notes..Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo missed Tuesday’s game due to an upper body injury and is listed day-to-day. Due to Rinaldo’s injury, Chris VandeVelde was recalled from the Adirondack Phantoms for the third time this season. Goaltender Ray Emery suffered from a lower body injury on February 27th against San Jose Sharks remains day-to-day.
With playoffs in the near future, the Eastern Conference standings could not be more competitive. Sharing the state of Pennsylvania, the Flyers face their division rival, Pittsburg Penguins (44-17-4) in a home-and-home series this weekend. As if the schedule could get any harder, the Flyers will face current Stanley Cup Champions, Chicago Blackhawks (38-13-14) early next week. Having only 17 games remaining in the season, the Flyers must focus on the final push to the play offs. Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburg Penguins travel to Philadelphia Saturday, puck drop for this tilt is slated for 1pm.