Andreas Johnsson’s big night powers Devils past Flyers

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NEWARK, NJ – Andreas Johnson had two goals and two assists, Jesper Bratt had one goal and two assists as the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Sunday night.

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Dougie Hamilton had one goal, one assist and 10 shots on goal, and Nathan Bastian also scored for New Jersey. Mackenzie Blackwood made 22 saves for New Jersey, breaking a two-game losing streak and winning at home for the first time since November 11.

“Total team effort,” Johnson said. “We gave him a little chance to get back in the game, but we lived with it and we were patient and we scored some big goals in the end.”


For the Flyers, Joel Farabi scored in his third straight game and Scott Laughton had one goal and one assist. Martin Jones made 30 saves and Philadelphia dropped its sixth game in a row.

“You have to stick together,” Laughton said. “It’s better that it happens in November than at the end of the year. We’re still in it. We’ve lost six in a row, but we’re still in it. You have to stay positive.”

Andreas Johnson was surrounded by teammates after his second period goal.
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Brat broke the 2-all tie with eight minutes left in the third period. Johnson stole the puck in the Flyers zone and fed to Bratt, who beat Martin Jones with a backhand shot. Bratt extended his point streak to four games and now has 14 points (three goals, 10 assists) from 12 games in November.

(Bratt) did a great job yelling at me to let me know he was there,” Johnson said. “I just had to put him on his stick and know he was going to score once he scored.”

Bastian sealed the victory with his second goal of the season – and the first for the Devils. The 2016 Devils draft pick was selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 expansion draft, but was claimed by New Jersey on Thursday for an exemption.

New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff said, “I think about what every line did, inside the room, that room feels good.” “I want to see (fourth line) people get rewarded.”

Hamilton broke the ice for the first time for New Jersey at 5:07. It was his sixth goal of the season, leading all Devils defenseman and third in the NHL Blueliners with Florida’s Aaron Eckblad.

“He reads the game so well,” Johnson said of Hamilton. “It is very difficult to play against him and immediately puts forward pucks, gets into the offense when it comes time to do so, makes great defense. He is just a general out there.”

Dougie Hamilton (7) scored a goal and an assist.
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Laughton scored with his first short-hand goal of the season with three minutes to go in the first. After the Flyers won a puck battle at the Devils Blue Line, Provorov hit Laughton with a breakout pass, and he overtook Devils defenseman PK Subban, then flipped a backhand shot past Blackwood.

Johnson broke the 1-all tie at 1:47 of the second with his eighth goal of the season. Then, the Flyers tied the game in third at 3:04 when Laughton took a foul pass behind the Devils’ net, then fed Farabi his seventh goal of the season, tying him with Cam Atkinson and Claude Giroux for the team. pulled into. Chief.

“He’s been nice to us,” Laughton said of Farabee. “He always plays well with the puck. He plays hard. … It’s nice to have guys like that in the lineup.”


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