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road loss at Missouri last week


Posted 3:04 am, 10/11/2018

NEWARK, N. Willie McGee Jersey .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 Philadelphias most complete effort of the season. "A night like tonight, its 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 hadnt 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. "Its 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. Thats 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. "Theres a reason that stuff happens last night in the game. They care," Berube said. "Theyre mad and theyre frustrated. I know what theyre feeling. Ive been there. I knew theyd be ready." The Flyers scored the lone goal on a deflection by Brayden Schenn, who altered a shot from Andrej Meszaros, to beat New Jerseys Martin Brodeur at 14:29 of the first period. "Its 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 didnt 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. "Hes been a winner and a battler his whole life," Berube added. "I knew hed have a good game." The Devils simply didnt 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 didnt play very well," New Jerseys Jaromir Jagr said. "We didnt play good enough to win the game, and we didnt 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 didnt get the job done." NOTES: The NHL did not suspend Emery for his actions in Fridays 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. Bud Norris Jersey . Gustafsson controlled the first round after getting top position on a throw, and came out much more forcefully in the second, buckling Manuwa with a Muay Thai knee, and finishing him off with strikes on the ground. St. Louis Cardinals Jerseys .com) - Generally you want to be the guy who replaces the guy who replaced the legend.Durham, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Following an 11-day layoff, the Duke Blue Devils get back to work on Monday evening, as they play host to the Elon Phoenix in a non-conference matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mike Krzyzewskis Blue Devils are a flawless 8-0 on the season and have a couple of marquee victories under their belt already, topping Michigan State (81-71) back on Nov. 18 and most recently, dispatching top-five foe Wisconsin (80-70) in Madison on Dec. 3 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Making things even more daunting for Elon is the fact that Duke has won an NCAA-best 113 straight games at home against non-conference opponents. Matt Mathenys Phoenix are hovering just over the .500 mark at 5-4. The team has eclipsed the 100-point mark in two of its last three games, but had a three-game win streak snapped with a 78-73 road loss at Missouri last week. This game marks the second leg of a four-game road trip for Elon which will travel to UNC Greensboro and Kennesaw State before the Christmas holiday. Duke holds a 16-5 edge in the all-time series with Elon and has won six straight meetings, including an 86-48 rout last year on New Years Eve. The Phoenix are shooting a modest .434 from the floor overall, but are averaging almost eight 3-pointers per game and 14 made free throws, resulting in a strong scoring average of 77.9 ppg. Luke Eddy has started just two of the nine games thus far, but has shot the ball extremely well (.545 overall, .500 from 3-point range) leading to a team-best 13.6 ppg. Tanner Samson is a close second in the scoring column at 13.3 ppg thanks mostly to his ability to knock down the 3-pointer. The 6-foot-4 Samson is shooting .442 from long range and is responsible for 34 of the teams 71 ttreys on the year. Keith Hernandez Jersey. Elijah Bryant has come off the bench in every game, but is a key contributor with 11.4 ppg. The Phoenix trailed by as many as 19 points to Missouri last time out, but came roaring back to within one point in the second half, before losing by five. Eddy was the driving force in the comeback bid and finished with a game- high 27 points, going 8-of-15 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Kevin Blake added 14 points and Samson finished with 10 for Elon, which shot just .358 from the floor overall. The Blue Devils dont find themselves playing from behind often, as they have been the squad putting opponents away with big runs. In the double-digit road win at Wisconsin last time out, Duke had four players finish in double figures, led by freshman point guard Tyus Jones 22 points. Junior Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 points off the bench while freshman Jahlil Okafor and senior Quinn Cook finished things off with 13 points apiece. Duke is getting it done at both ends of the court and as a result, boasts of the nations second-best scoring margin at a hefty +28.6. The team has been highly efficient offensively, ranking third nationally in both scoring (89.1 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.539), while also living comfortably in terms of rebounding (+8.8) and turnover (+4.8) margins. Okafor came into the season as the nations top recruit and has certainly lived up to his billing. The young 7-footer is shooting a scorching .646 from the floor and is averaging 17.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Cook is next in line at 15.3 ppg and tops the team with 23 3-pointers to date. Freshmen Justise Winslow (12.0 ppg) and Jones (10.5 ppg, 5.8 apg) have made immediate impacts as well. 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