The Flyers outshot the Devils, 21-14, in their 1-0 win on Saturday night. (AP)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Brayden Schenn provided all the offense Ray Emery needed as the Flyers skated to a 1-0 win over the Devils just one day after suffering an embarrassing defeat to the Capitals.
It’s never easy to get past a 7-0 beating, although many players feel it is easier to forget a blowout loss than a 2-1 cliffhanger.
Not in Jakub Voracek’s mind.
“We got the [crap] kicked out of us the last game,” Voracek said. “That’s what happens. Everyone has to dig in and put pressure on and try to do something and be ready to play.”
Emery earned the Flyers' first shutout win of the season -- hard to imagine after Friday’s meltdown.
Brayden Schenn had a weird deflection for his first goal in nine games in the opening period.
Andrej Meszaros fired hard on Martin Brodeur from the right circle and Schenn redirected the puck upwards off the crossbar, off the right post and out of the net.
“I just stopped in front of the net and was at the right place at the right time and was able to get a stick on the puck,” Schenn said.
It's not hard to read between the lines of former Flyer Max Talbot's comment in Colorado after the Avalanche's 3-2 win at Dallas.
“I liked the atmosphere where even though they came back 2-2 in the third, the bench was just an even keel,” Talbot said. “We just didn’t panic. ... That’s the feeling of a winning team, a team that is confident, a team that plays with a little bit of spark and it was a good feeling.”
Told of that comment, Voracek, who has been critical of the Flyers’ lack of self-confidence in third periods, replied, “I was saying that days ago.”
“When you are losing games, you play tighter. If you find a way to win the first four or five games, you are on a roll. You feel more comfortable in a tied game in the third period.
“But when you are 1-7 going into the third period, you feel like you can’t win the game. You’re shaky. Everybody goes through it during their career. We have to go through it as a team.”
Hard to believe someone who has played on a top line and first unit power play can’t find a helper somewhere, but Scott Hartnell has now gone 35 consecutive games (dating back to last season) without an assist.
Coach Craig Berube had a plan going into the weekend -- use Steve Mason against Washington and Ray Emery against the Devils. Obviously, those plans blew up during the 7-0 rout Friday, but Berube stuck to his plan in having Emery work the second of this back-to-back anyway.
Got to hand it to Matt Read. He did everything he could to get noticed on the ice in first period with three penalties. Three different calls, too: Slashing, tripping and charging.
Finally, in the 13th game of the season, Hal Gill made his regular season debut as a Flyer. An experienced veteran with a Stanley Cup, he said he would “battle” for everything and hoped that would carry over to teammates. He finished with 14:49 of ice time.
With Vinny Lecavalier out, Hartnell replaced him on the first power-play unit. Tye McGinn worked the second unit. Defenseman Mark Streit alternated with Kimmo Timonen on both units.
Both the Flyers and the Devils were 0 for 5 on the power play.
Defensemen Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson were healthy scratches.