Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils entered Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers tied with three other skaters in league history with 15 game-winning goals. He couldn't set the league record, but he showed off his magic in the shootout.
Elias scored the game-winning goal in the third round of the shootout as the Devils beat the Flyers, 4-3, in tonight at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The win broke a season-high three game losing streak for New Jersey, and gave the Devils their first win against a division opponent this season.
Zach Parise also scored for the Devils, who moved to 3-1 in shootouts on the season. The four goals scored were a season-high and mark the first time the team has scored three-plus goals in back-to-back games this season.
Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers, who saw their two-game winning streak snapped.
The Devils came from behind twice during regulation to force overtime and the shootout. David Clarkson evened the score, 3-3, at 13:25 of the third period. Elias picked off a Flyers pass at the blue line and sent a pass to a wide-open Clarkson in the slot. The Devils right-winger took the puck on his backhand and snuck it under Sergei Bobrovsky's left pad for his fourth goal of the season.
Max Talbot put the Flyers ahead, 3-2, just 2:37 into the final period.
Talbot victimized Devils defenseman Mark Fayne twice before scoring the game-winner. The Flyers center blocked Fayne's shot at the point and beat the defenseman to the loose puck at center ice. Fayne had no choice but to hook at Talbot's hands. Fayne took Talbot down, and the referee awarded the Flyer a penalty shot.
Talbot slowly skated into the Devils' zone, going wide to the left side. He cut across the net, freezing Johan Hedberg. Talbot snapped a shot past the stick side for his fourth goal of the season.
The Flyers jumped on the scoreboard first, breaking a scoreless tie at 2:28 of the second period. Rookie Sean Courtier stripped Brad Mills of the puck behind the Devils net and fed a pass to fellow rookie Zach Rinaldo. The center beat Hedberg for his first career goal.
Claude Giroux stretched the lead to 2-0 at 8:08 of the middle period. Jaromir Jagr carried the puck into the Devils zone, taking it behind the net. Hartnell snuck in behind the defense, and Jagr found him with a pass all alone at the side of the net. Giroux fired the puck into an open net for his eighth goal of the season.
New Jersey came roaring back in the second half of the middle frame, tying the game at two.
Zach Parise scored the Devils first goal at 8:59 of the second period, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Parise backhanded a loose puck in the right circle that found its way through a jungle of sticks and through the pads of Bobrovsky for his fifth goal of the season.
The first line struck again, with Adam Henrique tying the game at 11:57 of the period. Ilya Kovalchuk and Henrique moved into the Flyers zone on a 2-on-1. Kovalchuk laid a pass over a stick to Henrique, who fired it past Bobrovsky for his first career NHL goal.
Bobrovsky finished with 36 saves. Hedberg stopped 21 shots and recorded his third straight win over Philadelphia.
Kovalchuk left the game during the third period with an injury. The team announced only that it was a lower-body injury ... Kovalchuk also recorded his first even-strength point since October 10...Six of the 10 minor penalties called tonight were interference penalties ... Talbot was on the ice for all three goals against.
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