After stringing together two straight wins for the first time
all season, the New Jersey Devils were shut out in an embarrassing
loss their last time out.
It may not get much better with the NHL’s highest-scoring team
coming to town.
New Jersey meets the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday hoping for
a third straight win at the Prudential Center.
The Devils lost a matchup of the two worst teams in the Eastern
Conference on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders 2-0. The
Islanders ended a 14-game losing streak, and it was the fourth time
New Jersey (7-14-2) has been shut out. The Devils were held without
a goal six times last season.
New Jersey was unable to score during 58 seconds of a 5-on-3
advantage in the third period, ending hopes of a comeback.
“We put a burst on, but the Islanders are a young team, they
worked hard,” coach John MacLean told the Devils’ official website.
“They outworked us, and they deserved to win. You can’t expect to
play 20 minutes and think that you’re going to get a win, and we
Ilya Kovalchuk hasn’t had a point in four straight games, and he
has one goal and three assists in his last 14. Kovalchuk has
recorded more penalty minutes (13) than points (10).
Johan Hedberg, starting his third straight game for the injured
Martin Brodeur, made 18 saves. It’s unclear whether he’ll start
Saturday, but Hedberg has won his last three matchups against
Philadelphia, posting a shutout Nov. 28, 2009, while playing with
“Very frustrating, but we have to reload,” Hedberg said.
“There’s 20 hours until next puck drop and that’s going to be
another huge one. We can’t dwell on it too long. We have to learn
from it, I guess, and move on.”
New Jersey has lost six of seven to Philadelphia, which is
coming off a controversial 3-2 shootout loss Friday against
The Flyers (15-6-3) appeared to score in overtime, but Mike
Richards’ goal was disallowed due to an unsportsmanlike conduct
penalty on defenseman Chris Pronger. The referees determined
Pronger shielded Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff’s view
purposely with his hand.
Pronger insisted he was instructing his teammates on the ice and
it wasn’t his intent to interfere with Kiprusoff.
“I wasn’t turned around waving at him,” Pronger said. “I put my
hand back on my stick and the puck went in the net. It’s
infuriating. It should’ve been two points instead of one. There’s
no question about it. All you have to do is watch the replay. It
doesn’t really matter, does it? I’m not going to get into a he said
she said with the refs.”
James van Riemsdyk extended his goal-scoring streak to three and
he has six points in his last five games. Philadelphia, which leads
the NHL with 86 goals, was held under three for the first time in
The Flyers are 6-2-1 in their last nine and have won 12 of