Matt Carle and Ville Leino supplied the early goals in the first 10 minutes of play for the Philadelphia Flyers to cruise past the New Jersey Devils 5-1 yesterday at the Wachovia Center. Courtesy of Kimmo Timonen and Lukas Krajicek, the Flyers found themselves up four before the start of the third. Ilya Kovalchuk then posted the only goal for NJ 10:20 into the final block before Simon Gagne answered back to put the game out of reach.
“I think it was the leaders getting together, stepping up and saying that I think everyone was focusing on the big picture,” said Flyers captain Mike Richards. “Prongs, Kimmo and Gagne, we all thought that and wanted to settle everything down. You kind of get lost in the mix sometimes, and you need to focus on game by game.”
The 38-32-6 Flyers were able to snap a five game skid with the recent victory, winning their last seven of nine at home with six games remaining in the regular season. They are next scheduled to face the New York Islanders Thursday, April 1st. The Devils are set to welcome the Boston Bruins at the Prudential Center tonight at 7:00 PM.