Flyers-Devils: Philadelphia Loses Game and Gagne

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IDecember 4, 2008

BREAKING NEWS- Before you read game summary below. SIMON GAGNE did not return to the bench for the start of the third period. GM Paul Holmgren spoke about his wingers status.

"A little dehydration, we pumped some IV into him to slow it down, but we will know more tomorrow," Holmgren said. It is not Flu related.

Also, Kimmo Timonen has a minor upper-body injury, that is all we know as of right now for him. More tomorrow

Flyers vs. Devils- December 4, 2008, Philadelphia PA, Wachovia Center

Notes: The Flyers are coming into this game with a 12-7-5 record are coming off an exciting overtime victory over the Tampa bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Danny Briere for those who haven't heard, will be out for the next month with a severe groin strain.

The Flyers are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, and 11-1-3 when scoring first. The Devils are coming in at 12-8-2, and are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Devils are 8-2-1 when scoring first.


PHI: Martin Biron

NJ: Scott Clemmensen

Puck Drop: 7:08

First Period:

Penalty: PHI-Team-Bench Minor-(2:00), NJ-Clarkson-Roughing-(2:00), 3:01. NJ-Oduya-Holding-(2:00), 7:43. PHI-Asham-Fighting-(5:00), NJ-Clarkson-Fighting-(5:00), 10:54. PHI-Timonen-High Sticking-(2:00), 15:44.

Goals: NONE

PP: PHI-0/1  NJ-0/1

PK: PHI-1/1  NJ-1/1

Shots: PHI-5  NJ-5

Second Period:

Penalty: NJ-Rolston-Holding-(2:00), 6:09. PHI-Alberts-Fighting-(5:00), NJ-Clarkson-Fighting-(5:00), 13:30. NJ-Salvador-Hooking-(2:00), 13:35. PHI-Hartnell-Roughing-(2:00), NJ-White-Roughing-(2:00), 19:07

Goals: PHI-Timonen(3) PowerPlay, Unassisted, 6:48. NJ-Parise(14), Assists-Langenbrunner(10), Zajac(12), 17:17.

PP: PHI-1/3  NJ-0/1

PK: PHI-1/1  NJ-2/3

Shots: PHI-11  NJ-16

Notes: Timonen's power play goal was his first since Nov. 16.

Third Period:

Penalty: PHI-Knuble-High Sticking-(2:00), 1:22. PHI-Kukkonen-Delay of game-(2:00), 10:22. NJ-Martin-Hooking-(2:00), 13:47. NJ-Gionta-Hooking-(2:00), 16:19.

Goals: PHI-Upshall(4) PowerPlay, Assists-Richards(17), Knuble(7), 15:32. NJ-Elias(9), Assists-Gionta(13), 18:30.

PP: PHI-2/5  NJ-0/3

PK: PHI-3/3  NJ-3/5

Notes: Simon Gagne did not return to the bench when the third period began. We will not get a medical update until after the game from GM Paul Holmgren.

Shots: PHI-11  NJ-8


Penalty: NONE

Goal: NJ-Elias 2(10), Assists-Gionta(14), 2:46.

End Shots: PHI-31  NJ-31

Notes: Patrick Elias' overtime goal was his 15th career, he is now in a three-way tie for all-time overtime goals with Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin. The Flyers scored both goals on the powerplay where they went 2/5 on the night.

Very sloppy play from the Flyers in the third and overtime periods. Martin Biron continued his struggles handling the puck, and some work is needed there. They deserved to lose this game. Luckily they got a point out of this disaster.

The Flyers will look to rebound Saturday night when they head to Raleigh to play the Carolina Hurricanes at 7pm.