PHILADELPHIA – Matt Read and Claude Giroux both scored goals in the shootout to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Read beat Johan Hedberg on the first shot and New Jerseys Ilya Kovalchuk matched him. Giroux scored the second shootout goal, and David Clarkson and Patrik Elias both failed in their attempts against Ilya Bryzgalov.
The slumping Flyers badly needed this win following a loss to the Devils on Wednesday. The Flyers are on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Max Talbot scored in regulation for the Flyers and Clarkson had a goal for the Devils. Bryzgalov finished with 26 saves, coming up big in all types of situations – and positions.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren ripped the team in a 15-minute meeting at practice Thursday. He then gave embattled coach Peter Laviolette a vote of confidence and said he hadnt considered firing him. Holmgren demanded the Flyers play hard and with purpose for all 60 minutes.