Flyers Notes: Devils continue to be thorn in team's side

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Flyers Notes: Devils continue to be thorn in team's side

There’s just something about the New Jersey Devils that seems to completely discombobulate the Flyers.
 
It's been like that since the 2012 playoffs, too.
 
Throw away the Flyers' Game 1 win of the postseason series over New Jersey last year, and the Devils have destroyed the Flyers every which way.
 
Mistakes, lack of confidence -- it all seems to have followed the Flyers through into this five-game series this season.
 
A close game goes from 1-0 to 3-0 rather quickly, which is what happened during the loss on Thursday (see story).
 
“I don’t know what gets carried over and what doesn’t,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Certainly when you make mistakes against any team, and the Devils are certainly one of those teams because they play a tight checking game.
 
“They’re very patient, and when something happens, they’re capable of scoring a goal and playing a 1-0 game to the end. The first period I thought it was competitive both ways -- a good period.
 
“The second period, I think we not only made mistakes but just were behind in areas ... behind in skating, behind in competitiveness ... make a mistake, try to force things and you end up losing a period.”
 
And the game.
 
Timonen nominated
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen is this season’s Philadelphia Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association’s nominee for the Masterton Trophy.
 
Two years ago, Ian Laperriere won the award that goes to the athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
 
The only other Flyers beside Laperriere to have won the award are Bobby Clarke (1972) and Tim Kerr (1989).
 
Loose pucks
Gordie Howe, the one and only Mr. Hockey, was at the game sitting with his son, Mark Howe, who scouts for the Red Wings. ... The Flyers didn’t say why Jay Rosehill didn’t play, much like they didn’t announce an injury for Bruno Gervais last week and all of a sudden he had abdominal surgery. Sources said Rosehill, who agreed to a two-year extension on Wednesday, was a healthy scratch. ... Laviolette passed Paul Holmgren for third place on the all-time games list for Flyers' coaches at 265. ... Young defenseman Erik Gustafsson played 25:52, setting a new career high in time on ice for the third time in the past week. Previously he did so on April 13 (24:21) and April 15 (24:35).

NHL Playoffs: Crosby, Bonino lead Penguins to Game 1 win over Caps

NHL Playoffs: Crosby, Bonino lead Penguins to Game 1 win over Caps

WASHINGTON -- Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

In a high-profile showdown of Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, Washington's captain also scored and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the goal that tied it in the third. But Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 of his 32 saves in the third period to help Pittsburgh to the win.

Crosby was a threat to score just about every time he touched the puck. He beat Braden Holtby with his first two shots of the second period.

Holtby stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced but allowed Bonino's goal with 7:24 left.

Game 2 is Saturday night (see full recap).

Karlsson helps Senators edge Rangers 2-1 in Game 1
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

The Senators captain beat fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist from just above the goal line. The shot pinged off Rangers center Derek Stepan before going into the net.

It was Karlsson's first goal and seventh point of the playoffs. The 26-year-old defenseman, who has been playing with a foot injury, also logged more than 28 minutes in the win.

Game 2 is Saturday.

Ryan McDonagh scored for New York, and Lundqvist finished with 41 saves.

Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, which eliminated Boston in six games in the first round (see full recap).

Flyers officially sign 2015 draft pick Mikhail Vorobyov to entry-level deal

Flyers officially sign 2015 draft pick Mikhail Vorobyov to entry-level deal

It’s official now.
 
The Flyers signed Russian forward Mikhail Vorobyov to an entry-level contract and announced it Thursday afternoon two days after it had been reported by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports in Canada.
 
Vorobyov is the Flyers' fourth-round pick (104th overall) from the 2015 NHL Draft.
 
The 6-foot-2, 194-pound center from Ufa, Russia, played this past season in the KHL with Salavat Yulaev and had 11 points (three goals) in 44 games.
 
The 20-year-old is expected to play for the Phantoms next fall.
 
Vorobyov played for Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, where his country won the bronze medal. He had 10 assists in seven games. That tied him for third in overall team scoring.
 
Vorobyov recorded points in six of the seven games. He also added a shootout goal in the semifinals against the United States.