Sunday, January 29, 2023

Johnson, Bratt goals put Devils on Flyers, 5-2

NEWARK, NJ (AP) — Andreas Johnson scored two goals and two assists, Jesper Bratt scored one goal and two assists as the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Sunday night.

Dougie Hamilton had one goal and one assist, and Nathan Bastian also scored for New Jersey. Mackenzie Blackwood made 22 saves for New Jersey, breaking a two-game losing streak and winning at home for the first time since November 11.

For the Flyers, Joel Farabi scored in his third straight game and Scott Laughton had one goal and one assist. Martin Jones made 30 saves and Philadelphia dropped its sixth game in a row.

Brat broke the 2-all tie with eight minutes left in the third period. Johnson stole the puck in the Flyers zone and fed to Bratt, who beat Martin Jones with a backhand shot. Bratt extended his point streak to four games and now has 14 points (three goals, 10 assists) from 12 games in November.

Bastian sealed the victory with his second goal of the season – and the first for the Devils. The 2016 Devils draft pick was selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 expansion draft, but was claimed by New Jersey on Thursday for an exemption.

Hamilton broke the ice for the first time for New Jersey at 5:07. It was his sixth goal of the season, leading all Devils defensemen and tied for third-most in the NHL Blueliners with Florida’s Aaron Eckblad.

Laughton scored with his first short-hand goal of the season with three minutes to go in the first. After the Flyers won a puck battle at the Devils Blue Line, Provorov hit Laughton with a breakout pass, and he overtook Devils defenseman PK Subban, then flipped a backhand shot past Blackwood.

Johnson broke the 1-all tie at 1:47 of the second with his eighth goal of the season. Then, the Flyers tied the game in third at 3:04 when Laughton took a foul pass behind the Devils’ net, then fed Farabi for his seventh goal of the season, tying him for the team with Cam Atkinson and Claude Giroux. pulled into. Chief.

devils fight cancer

New Jersey held its annual Hockey Fights Cancer game on Sunday. Lucas Files, a 12-year-old Devils fan from Manhawkin, New Jersey who completed treatment with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2018, drops off the puck for a ceremonial faceoff between New Jersey captain Nico Hisier and Flyers forward and cancer survivor Oscar Lindblom .

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The Flyers have not won in regulation since they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2–1 on November 12. They have fallen 1-5-2 and have been dismissed 31-15 in that period.

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Devils defenseman Ty Smith returned to the lineup after missing the last two games as a healthy scratch. He played 15:24 and was plus-1.

injury update

Flyers center Nate Thompson has been sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury. Thompson was injured in the third round of Philadelphia’s 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Friday.


PHILADELPHIA: Tuesday’s scheduled game for New York against the Islanders was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak, so the next game is Wednesday night at the New York Rangers.

NEW JERSEY: They clashed with San Jose on Tuesday night, kicking off a two-game homestand.


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