New Jersey, where the Devils play, has a lot going for it, but when the team goes down, you know it’s a lottery.
That’s exactly what happened on Saturday when the Devils lost their first game in four games.
That happened when the New York Islanders lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, and it happened when both teams played the last game of the week on Thursday night.
There was a lot to like about New Jersey on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to save the team from a fate worse than its own.
New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers by 5 in overtime, 4-3 in OT article Philadelphia Flyers 4, New Jersey 1 In overtime, Philadelphia Flyers coach Doug Weight had the Flyers in a three-goal hole after they were outshot 14-3 by New Jersey over the final 15 minutes of regulation.
That led to the Flyers getting the tying goal in the final minute of regulation after Nicklas Grossmann scored a power-play goal.
Then, after a power play goal by Matt Read was stopped by Nicklas Hagelin, Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov came out of his net with a knee injury, forcing Weight to call for a goalie change.
When the change was made, Weight was out with a neck injury and was replaced by goalie coach Chris Osgood.
The Flyers went into the locker room after the second period with a 3-2 lead.
The Devils then took a 3.2-minute lead in the second stanza, when Andrew MacDonald scored his first NHL goal and Nicklas Vokoun scored his second.
After Vokou’s goal, the Devils scored again on a powerplay goal by John Moore with 15:47 remaining in regulation.
But that lead was erased by the Flyers’ second power play.
Weight’s first game-winning goal was a 3:34-save effort on April 22, 2005 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, when he stopped 25 shots in a 3 0-1 victory.
The second was scored by Weight on Jan. 27, 2006, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, when the puck was left in front of the net with two on the far side of the goal line.
That goal gave Weight his 500th career save.