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Newark, NJ (AP) — Egor Sharangovic scored twice, MacKenzie Blackwood saved 21 times, and New Jersey Devils …
Newark, NJ (AP) — Egor Sharangovic scored twice, MacKenzie Blackwood saved 21 times, and New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Thursday night.
Jesper Boqvist, Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt also scored when Devil’s won two games in a row after a 0-9-1 stretch. Defense Damon Severson and Will Butcher each recorded two assists.
Scott Laughton, Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny scored in Philadelphia and Alex Lion made 14 saves, but the Flyers fell for the third time in four games and officially out of a post-season battle. Eliminated.
“It’s very different from this year’s situation,” says Laughton. “I had very high expectations, but it didn’t happen.”
Bokubist helped New Jersey regain the lead of two goals at 9:00 in the second period. The Swedish forward struck a pass from Nicholas Markley at the top of the right face-off circle after a turnover in the Flyers neutral zone, leading 3-1.
Zacha extended Devils’ lead to 4-2 and provided insurance with a short side list shot at 13:15 in the third period.
Bratt added an empty net goal in the second half of the third period, snapping the drought of eight games scoring.
“Obviously, I always want to make such a start,” said Bokubist. “But I feel like I got off a little earlier the second time, but the third time I came back and finished powerfully.”
Couturier pulled the Flyers into one goal with a backdoor tap-in at 12:17 in the middle. Justin Brown found Couturier alone near the top of the crease to set a goal. Yakubu Volasek and Couturier have each extended their point streaks to the five games they are playing.
“Most of our 5 to 5 opportunities and opportunities come from the Couturier line,” said Flyers coach Alan Vinho. “To contribute more, we need someone else who may be working hard.”
Sharangovic started scoring with a power play goal at 8:10 in the first period. The Belarus forward wired a shot from the right face-off circle that found an opening between the Flyers goalkeeper’s glove and shoulder. Will Butcher and Severson helped with the play.
The devil increased their lead to 2-0 when Sharangovic scored his second power play goal in the first period. Severson found a 22-year-old rookie hitting darts towards the backpost before making a nifty backhand deck at 15:28. Jeanne Quoccanen also helped with the play.
Sharangovic led the team with 14 goals (7 goals, 7 assists) in April.
The Devil’s Rookie has scored a total of 106 points this season, leading the Ottawa Senators with the best NHL results.
Laughton reduced the Flyers deficit to one with a short-handed goal at 7:14 in the second period. The Philadelphia forward blocked a dump-in attempt from Devil’s defense Ty Smith and turned a patient-manipulated departure into his forehand. Laughton scored a drought in 25 games in his eighth season.
“It would have been nice to have one in the pot when we were fighting there for a place for the playoffs,” Laughton said. “It’s nice to get it, but it doesn’t really matter.”
Conechny recorded Season 10 at 18:10 in the third period.
Flyers goalkeeper Carter Hart, who hasn’t played since April 15th, injured in a two-on-one shootout with a penguins, will miss the rest of the 2020-21 NHL regular season.
The Flyers and Devil’s closed their four consecutive matches in Philadelphia on Saturday night.
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