Black­wood re­turns to lineup and leads Devils over Fly­ers

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - By TOMCANAVAN AP Sports Writer

NE­WARK, N. J. (AP) >> Rookie Macken­zie Black­wood re­turned to the lineup af­ter miss­ing three games with an in­jury and made 32 saves in lead­ing the NewJerseyDevils to a 3-2 vic­tory over the Philadel­phia Fly­ers on Satur­day.

Da­mon Sev­er­son, Nico His­chier and Miles Wood scored as the Devils won for the sec­ond time in six games and handed the Fly­ers their ninth loss in the past 10 games (1-7-2)

James Van Riems­dyk and Sean Cou­turier scored for Philadel­phia. Carter Hart gave the Fly­ers a chance, mak­ing 23 saves.

The game be­tween the strug­gling Eastern Con­fer­ence teams was a matchup of two young goal­tenders who have played well since be­ing called up from the mi­nor leagues be­cause of in­juries. The 22-year- old Black­wood is 4-2 in nine games. He has al­lowed two or fewer goals in eight of his nine ap­pear­ances.

The 20-year- old Hart is 3-5-1 in nine games for the Fly­ers.

Black­wood, who missed the three games with a lower-body in­jury and was ac­ti­vated from in­jured re­serve be­fore the mati­nee, was a lit­tle bet­ter, es­pe­cially in the third pe­riod when the Fly­ers played with des­per­a­tion af­ter fall­ing be­hind 3-1. New Jersey never trailed. Sev­er­son gave the Devils the lead at 6:32 of the first pe­riod. The de­fense­man took a pass from Drew Stafford and one-timed a shot from low in the left cir­cle over Hart’s shoul­der for his sixth goal.

His­chier beat Hart on a break­away 5:08 into the sec­ond pe­riod af­ter steal­ing a pass by Fly­ers de­fen- se­man Travis Sand­heim. It was his 13th goal of the sea­son and came 15 sec­onds af­ter he left the penalty box.

Van Riems­dyk cut the lead to 2-1 with 4:09 left in the pe­riod on break­away, but Wood scored on a re­bound 1:18 into the third pe­riod. Cou­turier scored his 16th goal on a break­away with 2 sec­onds left in the game.

NOTES: Devils F Mar­cus Jo­hans­son also was back in the lineup af­ter miss­ing 10 games with an up­per-body in­jury. ... The Fly­ers are the fourth team in NHL his­tory to use seven goal­tenders in one sea­son.

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