Not the start the Flyers wanted as Blake Coleman started the scoring just 13 seconds in after a turnover from Philippe Myers behind his own net. It would be a sign of things to come, though, however.
Already a rough start would get worse as Tyler Pitlick found the penalty box for tripping just two minutes in. The Flyers got a much-needed kill though to stop the early bleeding with the help of Ivan Provorov, playing in his 300th NHL game.
To sum up the first half of the period, the Flyers got their second shot of the frame with a little over 11 minutes left. Not ideal.
After a lazy start the Flyers would push later in the period with the Kevin Hayes line creating a couple chances with just over six minutes left with Hayes and Scott Laughton pumping rubber at MacKenzie Blackwood.
Hayes would have another chance to tie things up on a breakaway, but Blackwood waited him out to keep him off the board with just under three minutes left in the frame.
Nice pass by Laughton, no finish by Hayes pic.twitter.com/mPkkExmmSw— Brandon Murphy (@2Murphy8) February 7, 2020
Playing in his 900th NHL game, Jakub Voracek would draw a penalty with 2:33 left in the first. But while the Flyers were on the power play, it would be Brian Elliott forced to make a pair of dandy saves at the other end to keep the Devils from extending their lead.
Flyers, your first period: woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooof.
The second wouldn’t start much better as Damon Severson fired one past Elliott to make it 2-0 Devils after Hayes gave the Devils a very early power play chance.
Severson beats Elliott. 2-0 Devils. pic.twitter.com/6CYsO3OYwl— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) February 7, 2020
Despite more offensive pressure after Severson’s goal, the Flyers were unable to generate any definite scoring chances and went to the halfway mark of this one down two and struggling to breakdown the Devils’ defense.
With just over nine minutes left in the second the Flyers thought they got one back, but Voracek flubbed away a goal in his important milestone game. Nevertheless, they would pickup a power play as PK Subban dumped Claude Giroux in the corner prior to the chance.
Desperate for something good to happen after ringing two shots off the post behind Blackwood, Hayes tried his shorthanded magic again but the Devils netminder was able to keep the forward from a shorthanded goal in a third-straight game.
Nothing was doing for the Flyers in the second as they watched the Devils extend their lead, going to the final 20 minutes up 2-0.
The Flyers at least tried to flip the script to start the third with Voracek drawing a penalty this time around, but much like the rest of the night it would blow up in their face.
Pavel Zacha skated the other way and beat Elliott with a perfectly placed shot to push the Devils’ lead to a commanding 3-0 early in the third.
New Jersey wouldn’t be done filling the Flyers’ net there though, as Miles Wood made it 4-0 not long after Zacha’s tally to chase Elliott and bring in Alex Lyon.
Miles Wood would make it 5-0 with the Devils’ third goal on three shots to extend the Flyers’ misery with 8:44 still left on the clock. Sources say that allowing goals on every shot within a period is: suboptimal.
Another Flyers power play would end without a goal behind Blackwood, but also not a goal behind a Flyers goalie...progress! Also Voracek hit another post, which sucked. Three posts on the night in total, and those don’t count folks.
Speaking of nothing counting, there would be nothing from the Flyers as they couldn’t muster a long goal past Blackwood in a puzzling 5-0 loss to the Devils.