(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to rebound from their first
regulation home loss on Friday when they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to
The defending Eastern Conference champions saw their five-game winning streak
come to an end on Tuesday with a 4-2 loss to Carolina.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Ryan Carter each scored for New Jersey, which was coming
off a home-and-home sweep of Pittsburgh over the weekend. Martin Brodeur
stopped 21-of-24 shots in the loss.
"Give (Carolina) credit, they came out and they were skating and getting the
puck in deep and were on us all night," said Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador.
"You can't take anything away from them."
To make matters worse, the Devils learned on Thursday that they will be
without left wing Dainius Zubrus for the next four to six weeks following left
wrist surgery. However, Alexei Ponikarovsky could see some ice time after
being reacquired on Wednesday in a deal that sent two draft picks to Winnipeg.
Ponikarovsky scored nine points in the Devils' playoff run a year ago, but
signed with the Jets in the summer.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, won for the second time in three tries on Tuesday, as
Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves and Tye McGinn recorded the deciding goal early
in the third period to help the Flyers take a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg
Jets at MTS Centre.
Brayden Schenn and Kimmo Timonen added markers, while Jakub Voracek added a
pair of assists for the Flyers, who won their fourth game in the last six
"What I liked about it was it was 60 minutes of a committed hockey team that
went out to win a game to keep us moving in the right direction," said Flyers
head coach Peter Laviolette.
Philadelphia, which evened its record at 1-1-0 on a season-high six-game road
trip, also won for just the second time in eight road tilts in 2013. The
Flyers will close this trek with stops in Montreal, Long Island and
Schenn has two goals and four assists in the last six games, Voracek has a
team-best seven points during that stretch and linemate McGinn has lit the
lamp in each of the last two contests.
Philadelphia lost to the Devils back on Jan. 22 and has dropped four in a row
as the road team in this series, including the playoffs.
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