Dainius Zubrus scored the winning goal at the 12:47 mark of the third period with a snap shot that beat Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, to give the New Jersey Devils a 6-4 win in the home opener for the Flyers.
Less than two minutes separated the Flyers from points in the standings in their first game of the 2014-15 season. Instead, a late goal gave the Bruins the win and the Flyers a tough loss.
But Thursday night presents another new beginning as the Flyers debut on home ice for the first time this season.
The New Jersey Devils await as the opponent, playing in their first game of the season. The opening face-off is set for 7 p.m. from Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers suffered a 2-1 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday night. Sean Couturier scored the lone goal in the loss.
Steve Mason made 31 saves in the loss as well. He stands to once again get the start in goal for the Flyers.
The Devils come off a season of struggle and parted ways with future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur in the offseason. This opens the door for Cory Schneider to take over the starting job.
Former Flyer Jaromir Jagr returns after being the Devils leader in point last season with 67. Patrik Elias, also a Devils mainstay, was second in points with 53. Adam Henrique led the Devils last season with 25 goals.
In addition, the Devils have several scoring threats in Travis Zajac, Michael Ryder and Stephen Gionta.
Adam Larsson, captain Bryce Salvador and Marek Zidlicky lead the Devils on the blue line.
Power Play: Flyers (T-5th, 25th at home in 2013-14), Devils (9th in 2013-14, 5th on road in 2013-14)
Penalty Kill: Flyers (8th, 10th at home in 2013-14) Devils (1st in 2013-14, 4th on road in 2013-14)
The Flyers were 2-2-0 against the Devils last season. The Flyers claimed wins on Nov. 2, 1-0, and Jan. 7, 3-2, in overtime. The Devils defeated the Flyers, 3-0, on Nov. 7 and March 11, 2-1.
Flyers scratches: Blair Jones, Jay Rosehill, Nick Schultz
Flyers Projected Lineup
Line 1: Brayden Schenn-Claude Giroux-Jake Voracek Line 2: Matt Read-Sean Couturier-Wayne Simmonds Line 3: Michael Raffl-R.J. Umberger-Vincent Lecavalier Line 4: Jason Akeson-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Zac Rinaldo
D-Pair 1: Andrew MacDonald-Braydon Coburn D-Pair 2: Nick Grossmann-Mark Streit D-Pair 3: Michael Del Zotto-Luke Schenn
Goalie: Steve Mason
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The Flyers season opener fully portrayed the dangers of playing on your heels. A late penalty kept the tilted ice in the Boston Bruins favor. But it was a broken play, and a broken stick, that did the Flyers in.
Steve Mason attempted to adjust to Adam McQuaid's shot as it fluttered off the broken stick, but left a rebound right in the crease for Chris Kelly, who scored the game-winning goal for Boston with 1:51 remaining in the third period on Tuesday night in a 2-1 Flyers loss.
The effort was solid by the Flyers. This was a Bruins team that Ron Hextall called elite during the offseason. What may have hurt the Flyers most was uncertainty. First game jitters can certainly prove costly.
For most of the night, Steve Mason was the Flyers best player on the ice. But a bounce for the Bruins went against Mason late and that provided the difference in the season opener.
The Flyers scored early in the third period to even the score. But as the momentum shifted the Bruins way, Chris Kelly scored with under two minutes to play on a rebound to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Wednesday night at TD Garden.