Emery, Flyers fight back, blank Devils, 1-0

Ray Emery gave up four goals on 15 shots in 22:47 of playing

time, and even had a fight Friday against Washington.

On Saturday against New Jersey, he showed a different kind of

fight.

Emery stopped all 14 shots he faced, leading the Flyers past the

Devils 1-0 in perhaps last-place Philadelphia’s most complete

effort of the season.

”A night like tonight, it’s not that hard to stay focused after

a game like last night,” said Emery, who participated in a line

brawl between the Flyers and Capitals, headlined by him fighting an

unwilling Braden Holtby in the 7-0 loss. ”You challenge yourself

and you could see it in the whole team that we were

embarrassed.

”We were gonna show how much we wanted to play tonight.”

The Flyers, coming off easily their worst game of the season,

indeed put together a gutsy effort that was enough to beat a New

Jersey team that hadn’t played since Tuesday.

”I knew the guys would be ready to go,” Flyers coach Craig

Berube said. ”They were obviously very frustrated and upset at the

game against Washington. I knew that the focus was there and (they)

played a strong game.”

Philadelphia recorded just its fourth win of the season, and

perhaps turned a corner at the Prudential Center, of all places, a

building in which the Flyers had failed to get a victory in the

past six tries.

”It’s been a tough building for us to come in and play,”

Berube said. ”I thought we finally had the patience to beat them

in a game. That’s basically what it boils down to.”

On Friday, Emery received the highest total of 29 penalty

minutes. He was charged with leaving the goal crease, instigating a

fight, and fighting. He was also ejected from the game. In the

melee, a total of 114 penalty minutes were handed out.

”There’s a reason that stuff happens last night in the game.

They care,” Berube said. ”They’re mad and they’re frustrated. I

know what they’re feeling. I’ve been there. I knew they’d be

ready.”

The Flyers scored the lone goal on a deflection by Brayden

Schenn, who altered a shot from Andrej Meszaros, to beat New

Jersey’s Martin Brodeur at 14:29 of the first period.

”It’s just important to have a bounce-back effort after last

night. It really was a complete team game from start to finish,”

Emery said. ”The most encouraging thing was the third period where

we really took it to them. They didn’t get anything. They got two

shots. We needed that after last night.”

Emery, in his second stint with the Flyers, posted his 15th

career shutout.

”He’s been a winner and a battler his whole life,” Berube

added. ”I knew he’d have a good game.”

The Devils simply didn’t get the effort they wanted, going

0-for-5 on the power play. New Jersey had just three shots with the

man advantage.

”We just didn’t play very well,” New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr

said. ”We didn’t play good enough to win the game, and we didn’t

have to play extra good (to win).”

New Jersey was short two forwards, as Patrik Elias (upper body)

and Travis Zajac (ankle) were late scratches.

”We had some power plays,” Jagr said, ”(but) we had to change

it because we missed two guys right before the game.”

New Jersey will be in Minnesota on Sunday, and Zajac and Elias

will not be with the team. Brodeur – who made his third consecutive

start in the loss and finished with 20 saves – said he will not

play vs. the Wild.

”I thought Marty was good, he gave us a chance to win,” Devils

coach Peter DeBoer said. ”I thought, defensively, we were fine. We

were good enough to win.

”It was the other end of the ice that didn’t get the job

done.”

NOTES: The NHL did not suspend Emery for his actions in Friday’s

brawl. … Devils F Mattias Tedenby played in place of Elias. . The

Flyers announced that F Steve Downie would be released from the

hospital Sunday. Downie is out indefinitely with a concussion. .

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said F Vincent Lecavalier will play Tuesday

in Carolina after being listed as day-to-day with facial

contusions. . New Jersey G Keith Kinkaid backed up Brodeur, as Cory

Schneider continues his stint on the IR with a lower-body injury.

Schneider is expected to play Sunday.