Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Flyers goalie Elliott out 5-6 weeks after abdominal surgery

Flyers goalie Elliott out 5-6 weeks after abdominal surgery

In the end the Neuvirth that teammates issued proclamations of support after news of Elliott's surgery was made public instead stared blankly as he tried to explain how Hall's first-period goal, shot a la Patrick Kane from just above the goal line, found its way inside his pads and the net for New Jersey's first goal. Hischier's shot from the slot rebounded off Neuvirth to Hall, who roofed it for his 23rd of the season. It had everything you could want in a comeback win.

Hall's grit impressed Devils coach John Hynes.

"There doesn't seem like there's anything major there", Hynes said. As they also pointed out, this was not a game he lost for them as much as it was one he didn't win for them, as he had in Vegas Sunday. "His ability to impact the game the right way and play the right way is fantastic".

The Flyers enter Tuesday on a four-game winning streak after completing a West Coast road trip, while the Devils have lost four straight games, all in regulation.

The Flyers began Tuesday in sixth place in a tightly bunched playoff race in the Eastern Conference.

"We're not happy with that, but the effort and work ethic were good", Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "Got all the confidence in the world in Neuvy", insisted Hakstol, who nonetheless played Elliott nearly exclusively in November, even when Neuvirth was healthy.

Kinkaid made 31 saves on 35 shots in regulation and through overtime.

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Yes, the news that Brian Elliott would be lost for six weeks after undergoing core muscle surgery was sobering, but with Michal Neuvirth turning in two stellar performances in his stead, much less so (it seemed) than the dark cloud surrounding the visitors, who, without their $6 million-a-year starter Cory Schneider, had lost four straight and eight of their past 11 as they tried out, often with disastrous effect, two career backups in the net.

"It's definitely exciting, but I feel bad for (Elliott)", Neuvirth said of being elevated to No. 1. Giroux has 18 goals and 46 assists this season. Claude Giroux needed only fifty seconds to once again put the Flyers ahead by two goals. The team was down by two goals at two different points.

Moore's hard slap shot beat Neuvirth on the glove side with 6:43 remaining in the second to pull New Jersey within 3-2, but Giroux answered with a power play goal 2:42 later when his shot from a sharp angle deflected off the stick of Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy and through Kinkaid's legs.

The wild second period continued with yet another goal as Hischier scored 10 seconds later to get within 4-3. Konecny's shot beat Kinkaid to give the Flyers an early lead.

In 41 games this season, Elliott has posted a 21-11-7 mark with a 2.72 goals-against average and.908 save percentage.

Hall's goal gave him at least a point in his past 14 games, and Palmieri has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past seven games.

More to know: The Devils will be without forwards Brian Boyle and John Quenneville for Tuesday's game. This is the final matchup between the teams for the regular season.

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