Highlights: Flyers take down Devils in overtime
Ray Emery made 31 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 overtime victory over New Jersey on Tuesday. (USA Today Images)
NEWARK, N.J. -- He kept them in it. He gave them a chance to draw even.
We’re talking about Flyers goalie Ray Emery here -- not Steve Mason.
Emery was nothing short of brilliant during the opening 40 minutes of Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win against the Devils at Prudential Center (see story).
He had 31 saves – four of them on Adam Henrique and Ryane Clowe during the first two periods that kept the Flyers within sight of the Devils, who led, 1-0.
It could have easily been 4-0 going into the third were it not for Emery, who is now 7-4-2 lifetime against the Devils with a 1.91 career goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
“He was very good, especially in the first, he kept us in there,” coach Craig Berube said. “He made some big saves and down the stretch, too. He kept us in the whole game, did a good job.”
It was Emery’s fifth win of the season after giving up a goal just 57 seconds into the game off a broken play from the rush.
“It’s a tough situation you put yourself in when you get down early,” Emery said. “Odds are you are going to get one eventually. You just have to hang on there.
“We did a good job in the second and third. We had our chances in the third ... and we got a couple of goals.”
The Flyers overcame a 1-0 deficit to tie it early in the third, went ahead, then New Jersey rallied for a goal in the final 30 seconds to send the game into overtime.
Emery also survived a shot off the far post in OT, as well.
“It hit a foot first,” Emery said. “It was kinda funny play. I got lucky.”
No matter, the Flyers did for Emery what they have been doing for Mason. They came back. That’s six times they have come from behind in the third period to win games since Dec. 4.
The franchise record for third period comebacks is nine.
“Any time you come back against Jersey, it’s a big game,” Emery said. “They don’t give you much and especially, when they get a lead. You’re in for a tough one. I thought we were resilient.”
Scott Hartnell’s goal extended his scoring streak to a career-high eight games. ... Nick Grossmann had two assists, which gave him just his second multi-point game in 427 career NHL games. The only other occasion was a two-assist game at Calgary on Feb. 25, 2012, less than two weeks after the Flyers acquired him from Dallas. Grossmann also had one blocked shot. He has a career-high 105 so far this season and is on pace for 200-plus blocks. His previous career mark was 100, set twice in Dallas. ... The Flyers are two points ahead of Washington for second place in the Metropolitan Division and also lead the Eastern Conference’s two wild-card teams -- Detroit and Toronto. ... The 5-1 extended road trip (4-1 on the Western part of the swing) is the best record since a 5-1 mark during the trip in the 2007-08 season.