Hal Gill and Adam Hall congratulate goalie Ray Emery after the Flyers' 1-0 win over the Devils on Saturday. (AP)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Hard to say who needed this 1-0 shutout win over the Devils more: Ray Emery or his embattled teammates after being pasted, 7-0, the previous night by the Capitals.
“I base myself on whether I win or not, and I hadn’t won this year,” said Emery, who faced a season-low 14 shots, one shy of the franchise road mark (three times). “It’s been disappointing so far, but to get a win is all that matters. It could have been a high-scoring or low-scoring game, it didn’t matter. The important part is, we got a complete effort for the full 60.”
Emery had long gaps without facing shots and actually faced just three in the final period, highlighted with saves on Adam Henrique and Ryan Carter (see Instant Replay). It was Emery's 15th career shutout and fourth as a Flyer, going back to his first stint with the orange and black under former coach Peter Laviolette.
The Flyers had zero giveaways, something we have not seen on an official NHL scoring sheet in many years.
“It was pretty much as flawless defensively as you can get,” Emery said of the team’s defense, which included three new pairings (see story). “Our offensive-zone time helped that out. Staying out of the box helped that out. I thought it was a much-needed change from the night before.”
Emery called the zero turnovers a “testament” to how much the Flyers wanted to avenge what happened the night before in South Philly.
“It’s just important to have a bounce-back effort after last night, I think,” Emery said. “It really was a complete team game from start to finish.”
Coach Craig Berube was impressed with the bounce-back effort overall.
“I knew the guys would be ready to go tonight,” Berube said. “They were obviously frustrated and upset with the game against Washington. I knew the focus was there.”
It's been a while since the Flyers beat the Devils and beat them at the Prudential Center. New Jersey won all four games last season. The last time the Flyers won a road game against the Devils was in 2011-12 when they went 2-1 at the Prudential Center.
“I agree -- this has been a tough building for us to come in and play in,” Berube said. “We finally had the patience to beat them in a game. That’s what it boils down to.”
And to take a 1-0 lead -- courtesy of Brayden Schenn’s first-period goal -- and make it stand up all through the final period.
“The most encouraging thing was the third period where we really took it to them,” Emery said. “They didn’t get anything. They got two shots. We needed that after last night.”