Flyers receive extra boost in a shootout
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Ilya Bryzgalov made saves in all types of situations — and positions.
Flat on his back, Bryzgalov held off one New Jersey push. Upright on skates, Brzy pushed aside a short-handed surge.
No matter how he stopped the puck, Bryzgalov and the Flyers showed they do indeed have some fight left in their playoff push.
Matt Read and Claude Giroux both scored goals in the shootout to lead the Flyers to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night in Philadelphia.
The slumping Flyers badly need this win following a 5-2 loss to the Devils on Wednesday. The Flyers are still on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
‘‘We needed to win a hockey game tonight,’’ coach Peter Laviolette said. ‘‘It was something that had to be done. We have to give ourselves a fighting chance.’’
Read beat Johan Hedberg on the first shot and New Jersey’s Ilya Kovalchuk matched him. Giroux scored the second shootout goal, and David Clarkson and Patrik Elias both failed in their attempts against Bryzgalov.
Max Talbot scored in regulation for the Flyers and Clarkson had a goal for the Devils.
Bryzgalov stopped all 10 shots in the first period and a whopping six in the 5-minute overtime.
‘‘We had a couple good chances,’’ Kovalchuk said. ‘‘But The Bryz was playing real well tonight.’’
The Flyers’ penalty kill, which staved off a 5-on-3 in the first period, was clutch in the closing minutes of regulation. Brayden Schenn was whistled for charging with 1:42 left, but the Devils couldn’t convert. They attacked Bryzgalov and one puck got loose and trickled just outside the post, that had Flyers fans gasping as the final seconds ticked off.
With every man advantage or easy looks, the Devils just couldn’t convert.
With Bryzgalov flattened in the crease, Marek Zidlicky failed to flip the puck into the open the net. Zidlicky just didn’t enough lift on his shot and pushed the puck smack into a sprawled out goalie.
‘‘I think I need a bigger curve, probably,’’ Zidlicky said.
Red Wings 3, Oilers 2 — Pavel Datsyuk scored at 3:39 of overtime to give visiting Detroit the victory over Edmonton, snapping the Red Wings’ three-game skid.
Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall scored in regulation for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard had 30 saves.
Taylor Jall and Sam Gagner had the Oilers’ goals, and Devan Dubnyk finished with 25 saves.
On the game-winner, Datsyuk made a nice move to get past defender Jeff Petry and blasted a shot past Dubnyk.
Kronwall got credit for the tying goal with 5:53 to go in the third when Petry knocked the puck into the Oilers’ net.
Flames 6, Predators 3 — Curtis Glencross had his second career hat trick as Calgary beat Nashville for its sixth straight home win.
Mark Giordano, Blake Comeau and Jiri Hudler also scored for Calgary, which led, 2-0, just 8 minutes into the game after scoring on its first two shots.
Gabriel Bourque had his team-leading ninth goal for Nashville, and Mike Fisher and David Legwand also scored.
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, who came in with a 2.13 goals-against average, was pulled for the second straight night after Comeau’s goal put the Flames up two. While he leads the NHL with five shutouts, Rinne has been pulled in four of his last eight starts.