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Devils’ rough start continues with 4-0 loss to Flyers

Jacob deGrom won a Cy Young Award despite the Mets' listless bats in 2018. Cory Schneider knows how he feels.

The goalie kept the New Jersey Devils in the game on Wednesday night in Philadelphia but a lack of offensive firepower and some special teams miscues doomed them in a 4-0 loss to the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Schneider made 30 saves and kept the Devils in the game through the first two periods, but with the way the offense was going (or maybe wasn't going) the margin for error was thin. A few big errors in the first 57 seconds of the third period led to two goals for the Flyers and a loss for the Devils.

Over their last seven periods of play, the Devils have been outscored 15-2. They're still searching for their first win of the season (0-2-1).

Down 1-0 in the second period, the Devils were gifted four power plays, including a two-man advantage for a solid 2:00 late in the period. They had three shots on that 5-on-3 power play but otherwise, they managed little.

Offensive generation has been a problem for the last two games. They finished the second half of the first period strong and started to buzz around the offensive zone but the momentum failed to carry over into the middle frame. Things unraveled in the third period when Sami Vatanen took a penalty and Kevin Hayes caught Schneider off guard with a shot right off the draw. It went in and the Flyers extended their lead to 2-0.

Less than a minute later it was 3-0, with Sean Couturier walking right through the defense to the net.

At the 11:46 mark, Kyle Palmieri fell over in front of Schneider with the puck on his stick. He turned it over to Travis Konecny, who hit the net to make it 4-0.

Taylor Hall had the two best chances for the Devils in the first two periods and Flyers' goalie Carter Hart absolutely stonewalled him, denying him twice. It was Hall's power-play opportunity that was particularly impressive. The goalie eyed Hall all alone out wide and stretched to make a 10-bell save and protect Philadelphia's 1-0 lead.

Wayne Simmonds, who spent eight seasons with the Flyers, received a standing ovation from a sellout crowd and a tribute video during the first media timeout. The new Devils' winger saluted the crowd himself as well

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