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Flyers, Emery Stifle Devils

Just one night after stirring the pot by fighting Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ray Emery stopped 14 shots as the Flyers rebounded with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Emery may not have faced an abundance of shots, but the Flyers goaltender put forth a strong effort on Saturday evening. Emery fought through some tough traffic in front of the net and was absolutely phenomenal for his 15th career shutout and fourth as a Flyer.

The scoring touch has alluded the Flyers early on this season, and was once again absent tonight. Fortunately, they didn't need too much firepower in this game.

Andrej Meszaros, who was back in the lineup after being scratched on Friday against Washington, took a shot from the top of the face off circle that was tipped in front by forward Brayden Schenn for the lone goal of the first period and the entire game.

There wasn't a ton of fast-paced play in the game as there were only 35 total shots with Philadelphia holding a 21-14 advantage. The 14 shots taken for New Jersey is the fewest by a Flyers opponent since the Florida Panthers had 13 shots in a 2-1 win over the Flyers on March 20, 2012.

The Flyers did show a tremendous amount of effort in the face off dot as they won 36 draws as opposed to 23 for New Jersey.

Hal Gill made his Flyers debut, recording a hit and a plus-1 rating. He was called for holding on Jaromir Jagr for his only penalty.

The Flyers are back on the ice this Tuesday as they travel to North Carolina to take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m.

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Chris Bengel
Staff Writer
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