NEWARK, N.J. – Ray Emery gave up four goals on 15 shots in 22:47 of playing time, and even had a fight Friday against Washington.
On Saturday against New Jersey, he showed a different kind of fight.
Emery stopped all 14 shots he faced, leading the Flyers past the Devils 1-0 in perhaps last-place Philadelphia’s most complete effort of the season.
“A night like tonight, it’s not that hard to stay focused after a game like last night,” said Emery, who participated in a line brawl between the Flyers and Capitals, headlined by him fighting an unwilling Braden Holtby in the 7-0 loss. “You challenge yourself and you could see it in the whole team that we were embarrassed.
“We were gonna show how much we wanted to play tonight.”
The Flyers, coming off easily their worst game of the season, indeed put together a gutsy effort that was enough to beat a New Jersey team that hadn’t played since Tuesday.
“I knew the guys would be ready to go,” Flyers coach Craig Berube said. “They were obviously very frustrated and upset at the game against Washington. I knew that the focus was there and (they) played a strong game.”
Philadelphia recorded just its fourth win of the season, and perhaps turned a corner at the Prudential Center, of all places, a building in which the Flyers had failed to get a victory in the past six tries.
“It’s been a tough building for us to come in and play,” Berube said. “I thought we finally had the patience to beat them in a game. That’s basically what it boils down to.”
On Friday, Emery received the highest total of 29 penalty minutes. He was charged with leaving the goal crease, instigating a fight, and fighting. He was also ejected from the game. In the melee, a total of 114 penalty minutes were handed out.
“There’s a reason that stuff happens last night in the game. They care,” Berube said. “They’re mad and they’re frustrated. I know what they’re feeling. I’ve been there. I knew they’d be ready.”
The Flyers scored the lone goal on a deflection by Brayden Schenn, who altered a shot from Andrej Meszaros, to beat New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur at 14:29 of the first period.
“It’s just important to have a bounce-back effort after last night. It really was a complete team game from start to finish,” Emery said. “The most encouraging thing was the third period where we really took it to them. They didn’t get anything. They got two shots. We needed that after last night.”
Emery, in his second stint with the Flyers, posted his 15th career shutout.
“He’s been a winner and a battler his whole life,” Berube added. “I knew he’d have a good game.”
The Devils simply didn’t get the effort they wanted, going 0-for-5 on the power play. New Jersey had just three shots with the man advantage.
“We just didn’t play very well,” New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr said. “We didn’t play good enough to win the game, and we didn’t have to play extra good (to win).”
New Jersey was short two forwards, as Patrik Elias (upper body) and Travis Zajac (ankle) were late scratches.
“We had some power plays,” Jagr said, “(but) we had to change it because we missed two guys right before the game.”
New Jersey will be in Minnesota on Sunday, and Zajac and Elias will not be with the team. Brodeur—who made his third consecutive start in the loss and finished with 20 saves—said he will not play vs. the Wild.
“I thought Marty was good, he gave us a chance to win,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. “I thought, defensively, we were fine. We were good enough to win.
“It was the other end of the ice that didn’t get the job done.”
NOTES: The NHL did not suspend Emery for his actions in Friday’s brawl. … Devils F Mattias Tedenby played in place of Elias. . The Flyers announced that F Steve Downie would be released from the hospital Sunday. Downie is out indefinitely with a concussion. . Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said F Vincent Lecavalier will play Tuesday in Carolina after being listed as day-to-day with facial contusions. . New Jersey G Keith Kinkaid backed up Brodeur, as Cory Schneider continues his stint on the IR with a lower-body injury. Schneider is expected to play Sunday.