Devils drop Flyers, set franchise mark with 11th consecutive road win

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PHILADELPHIA — Jack Hughes, Dawson Mercer and Fabian Zetterlund scored, and the New Jersey Devils acceptable a nine grounds with their 11th consecutive roadworthy victory, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 connected Saturday night.

Miles Wood added 2 assists for the Devils, who are a triumph distant from tying the NHL grounds for consecutive roadworthy victories. New Jersey mislaid its archetypal roadworthy crippled of the season, astatine the Flyers connected Oct. 13, and hasn’t dropped 1 distant from location since. The Devils’ adjacent roadworthy crippled is Dec. 12 astatine the Rangers.

“I deliberation that’s a large accomplishment,” Mercer said. “Road games are hard, and to travel distant with that galore it’s a peculiar thing.”

The Devils, who precocious had a 13-game winning streak, person won 4 of 5 and 17 of 19 overall. New Jersey managed to proceed its surge contempt being outplayed for the archetypal 2 periods.

“It truly was a challenge,” New Jersey manager Lindy Ruff said. “I thought arsenic a squad we were flat. We had cipher that was carrying the play and skating well. We dug a small heavy and astatine the commencement of the third, and we created a small energy. We recovered a mode to win.”

Travis Konecny and Lukas Sedlak scored for the Flyers, who person mislaid 12 of 13.

Fabian Zetterlund of the Devils celebrates his 2nd  play  extremity   with teammates Miles Wood and Michael McLeod (left) against the Flyers astatine  Wells Fargo Center connected  Saturday.Fabian Zetterlund of the Devils celebrates his 2nd play extremity with teammates Miles Wood and Michael McLeod (left) against the Flyers astatine Wells Fargo Center connected Saturday.NHLI via Getty Images

“I don’t deliberation we had galore lapses tonight,” Flyers manager John Tortorella said.

Tortorella got testy with a 2nd question astir whether helium liked the team’s effort. He tersely responded, “Yes. You’re asking maine dumb questions.” Then, helium near the interrogation room.

The Devils caught a interruption connected Mercer’s extremity that broke a 1-all necktie 1:49 into the third. Flyers goalie Carter Hart went to play the puck down the nett aft New Jersey dumped it into the zone. But Hart waited excessively agelong and passed it to Wood. The puck deflected disconnected Wood to Mercer, who enactment it connected his forehand and scored into a wide-open, vacated net.

“Me and (Wood) did a bully occupation connected that and that ended up giving america bully commencement to the 3rd play and springiness america immoderate life,” Mercer said.

Hart said determination was a miscommunication with defenseman Nick Seeler.

“I’ve got to beryllium better,” Hart said.

Hughes scored a much accepted extremity with 13:04 remaining to springiness the Devils a 3-1 lead. He maneuvered his mode successful close, changeable disconnected Hart’s disguise with a backhand effort and finished the rebound connected the forehand for his team-leading 13th extremity and 29th point. The tally gave him six goals and 2 assists during a five-game points streak.

Sedlak notched his 3rd of the play connected a slap changeable with 4:48 left.

Philadelphia thought it had tied it conscionable 38 seconds aboriginal erstwhile Joel Farabee’s backhander crossed the extremity line, but the extremity was waived disconnected due to the fact that Morgan Frost interfered with Devils goalie Akira Schmid.

And the Devils hung on, contempt not having their champion performance.

“We’ve got a ways to spell yet arsenic a team,” Ruff said. “We weren’t precise comfortable. You look astatine immoderate of the plays that were a deficiency of composure, adjacent late. You person to marque a play nether duress and we didn’t, truthful it conscionable tells maine we inactive person enactment to bash arsenic a team.”

Despite Philadelphia dominating play, New Jersey got connected the committee archetypal erstwhile Zetterlund scored from adjacent scope 6:01 into the 2nd period. It was conscionable the 5th changeable of the contention and archetypal of the 2nd play for the Devils, who had allowed 17 Philadelphia shots to that point. After Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov turned the puck implicit down the net, Wood passed successful beforehand to Zetterlund, who bushed Hart for his 5th of the season.

The Flyers evened the people 1:40 aboriginal erstwhile Konecny finished a beauteous tic-tac-toe passing play with Noah Cates and Kevin Hayes connected the powerfulness play, scoring connected a wrist changeable past Schmid’s blocker side. The extremity snapped an 0-for-20 skid connected the man-advantage for Philadelphia, which entered converting astatine a league-worst 13.3%.

Philadelphia continued to play a beardown all-around crippled passim the 2nd play and entered the 3rd outshooting the Devils 24-12. But scoring continued to beryllium a occupation for the Flyers, who are a minus-23 successful extremity differential.

Schmid, playing successful his 5th crippled of the play and the 11th of his career, made 31 saves to amended to 5-0. He was 0-4 successful six contests past year.

The 2000-01 Devils had the roadworthy winning streak grounds for the club. Detroit and Minnesota clasp the NHL record. Detroit won 12 consecutive connected the roadworthy during the 2005-06 season, and Minnesota matched the feat successful 2014-15. … Wood returned to the lineup aft missing Thursday’s 4-3 overtime nonaccomplishment to Nashville with an illness.