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Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 28, 2021
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Referees: Frederick L'Ecuyer, Pierre Lambert
Linesmen: Devin Berg, Dan Kelly
Attendance: N/A

Carter Hart bounced back nicely from his worst performance of the season by stopping 33 shots and the visiting Philadelphia Flyers scored twice in the third period en route to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night in Newark, N.J.

Hart returned to the net for the first time since allowing six goals on 26 shots in a 6-1 loss at Boston on Saturday. It was a showing that frustrated him so much that he whacked the net numerous times with his stick, shattered the stick and tossed it across the ice after the game ended.

Hart entered Thursday with a 4.18 goals-against average and an .880 save percentage, but he was sharp most of the night, especially in the first two periods when the Devils outshot the Flyers 24-8.

Nate Prosser scored in the first period while Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored in the opening 6:26 of the third. The Flyers again used third-period offense to beat the Devils for the second straight game after scoring three times in the third Tuesday en route to a 5-3 victory.

Raffl snapped a 1-1 tie 2:10 into the third when he scored on an easy tap-in from the right side of the net after Connor Bunnaman's wraparound trickled through the crease. Giroux made it a two-goal game a little over four minutes later by lifting a slap shot from the left circle over the stick side.

Damon Severson scored for the Devils, who have dropped three of four without starting goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood, who has been on the COVID-19 list since shortly before last Thursday's game against the New York Islanders.

Scott Wedgewood made 14 saves in his fourth straight start in place of Blackwood.

The Devils took a 1-0 lead 7:11 into the first when Severson's wrist shot from the left faceoff circle on a rush sailed over Hart's stick into the right side of the net. Philadelphia tied it a little over two minutes later when Prosser swooped around two defenders to the right side of the crease and jammed in a rebound of Erik Gustafsson's shot.

Despite the wide shot disparity, Hart continued to keep the game tied. He made a diving stop on a shot by Andreas Johnsson with about 11 minutes left and including three point-blank stops on Kyle Palmieri, whose shot from about 10 feet out was denied.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Philadelphia   New Jersey
Erik Gustafsson 2 Points Damon Severson 1
Claude Giroux 1 Goals Damon Severson 1
Erik Gustafsson 2 Assists Ryan Murray 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carter Hart .971 Save Percentage Scott Wedgewood .824
Carter Hart 33 Saves Scott Wedgewood 14
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Philadelphia 17 3 0-2 4-4 8 39
New Jersey 34 1 0-4 2-2 4 14
Upcoming Games
  • New Jersey will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Devils have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play their next game at home against NY Islanders. The Flyers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .667 after a loss.