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Slump busted: Devils beat Flyers 3-0 to end 10-game losing skid

Apr 19, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

Martin Brodeur, David Clarkson, Mark Fayne, Marek Zidlicky AP

The Devils can no longer say they’re winless without Ilya Kovalchuk.

New Jersey took out the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 at Wells Fargo Center to snap a 10-game losing streak that began when Kovalchuk went down with a shoulder injury. Ryan Carter, Matt D’Agostini, and Adam Henrique all scored for New Jersey while Martin Brodeur won his 667th game with a shutout, saving 23 shots.

The win helps keep the Devils hopes of landing in the playoffs alive as they’re up to 42 points in the standings, six points behind the eighth place Rangers. That works out conveniently drama-wise as those two teams have two games remaining against each other. The first of those will be Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, is hard up against the brink of elimination. They’re seven points back of the Rangers with just four games left to play. A Rangers win tomorrow night against Buffalo would officially knock them out of the playoff race.

If you missed tonight’s game on NBCSN, here are the highlights.

  1. jimw81 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Tonight or last home game vs. Fishy sticks will be Bryzgalov curtain call. Alot of questions need to answered in offseason. Tonight was prime example of why Laviolette needs to go. Made zero adjustments. it looked like the playoff series against devils.

  2. Stiller43 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Why is laviolette on anything but a hot seat?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:20 AM

      You are so right I was totally against letting him go up until last night ! Get a coach that at least can beat the team from jersy ! The team from jersey beats the flyers more than any other professional team beats another,,, then to add insult to injury they ended a 10 game count em 10 game losing streak against them ! Even if Laviolette beat every other team in the league consistently what good is it when you play the team from jersy in the playoffs and lose constantly ! The flyers not only need a coaching change but a whole 180 degree philosophy change !

      • ibieiniid - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        why are you not saying the “Devils?”

  3. hockeyfan28 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    With Rangers win tonight that pretty much eliminated the Flyers anyway don’t mind them losing this game to keep the ping pong balls coming….but man the Devils style of hockey could put people with insomnia into a deep coma I could see why they lost 10 in a row probably put their own players asleep playing that style

  4. govtminion - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    I find it absolutely amazing that the Devils lost ten straight and still are technically alive for a playoff spot. In a full season that should be a deathsentence- in a half-season like this it should be even worse. Funny how the NHL works.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:37 AM

      The NHL is the only league where you get rewarded for losing, as long as it’s in an extended fashion. The Devils easily have the upper hand right now in the Philly-NJ rivalry, but I’m sorry, they should not be ahead in the standings. In reality, their actual record is 16-27. Only the Panthers, Preds, and Avs have a worse overall W-L. Yet they’re 11th in the East. I’m all for parity but I think these 3 point games really water down the standings. I’d love to see the league re-evaluate this system but I don’t see that happening.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        i think it should go back to no points for the team that loses. 2 points for the inner, period. maybe then they’ll play with more urgency and the fans that pay $125.00 bucks a pop wont be subjected to conservative hockey.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:23 AM

      govt as long as they play the flyers every year they are never out of the playofffs ! Free points

  5. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Good for Dags. Good for the Devs.

  6. valoisvipers - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Blame Bryz all you want but if you don’t score,you don’t win.

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