Flyers, Devils on equal footing
Terry Koshan, QMI Agency
|Zac Rinaldo of the Philadelphia Flyers checks Bryce Salvador of the New Jersey Devils in the second period of an NHL hockey game at Prudential Center on March 11, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images/AFP)
The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers met six times during the season, with each team winning three. A glance at how the season series between New Jersey and Philly unfolded:
1. Oct. 8: Flyers 3 at Devils 0
In the Devils season opener, Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had a fairly easy evening, requiring just 20 saves for the shutout. Matt Read, with his first NHL goal, Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers.
2. Nov. 3: Devils 4 at Flyers 3 (shootout)
What would serve as the Devils' top line for much of the season -- rookie Adam Henrique between Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise -- combined for five points. Maxime Talbot scored on a penalty shot for Philly and Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves. Patrik Elias had the shootout winner.
3. Jan 21: Flyers 4 at Devils 1
Bryzgalov was called upon to make 30 saves, while the Flyers got two goals from Scott Hartnell. Danny Briere suffered a concussion, causing him to miss a handful of games.
4. Feb. 4: Devils 6 at Flyers 4
The Devils built a 6-0 lead after two periods and managed to hang on in the third despite a rally by the Flyers. Johan Hedberg made 37 saves for New Jersey, which got three points from Kovalchuk.
5. March 11: Flyers 1 at Devils 4
Another three-point night for Kovalchuk while Martin Brodeur had to make just 18 saves for the Devils in their fourth consecutive victory. Claude Giroux scored the Flyers goal for his 80th point of the season.
6. March 13: Devils 0 at Flyers 3
Bryzgalov made 17 saves, including just nine in the final 40 minutes, for his fourth shutout in five starts. Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek and Briere scored for the Flyers.