By Annie Ross
The Flyers blew a bigtime chance to pick up a win in their push towards the playoffs.
Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils each made a comeback in a 5-4 shootout win. Hall scored twice despite missing most of the second period after taking a hard hit on his first goal, and the Devils rallied from down 4-2 to end a four-game losing streak.
Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist, and Shayne Gostisbehere had two assists for the Flyers, who lost for the first time in five games. Neuvirth made 32 saves.
Neuvirth started his second consecutive game after the Flyers announced goaltender Brian Elliott will be out 5-6 weeks after having core muscle surgery Tuesday.
The Flyers (28-19-10, 66 points) are two points behind the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division and two points ahead of New Jersey (28-20-8), which has the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
Hall scored his second goal with 1:21 remaining in the third period and Kinkaid pulled for an extra attacker to tie the game 4-4. He carried the puck out of the right corner and threw it into traffic in front of the net. Hischier’s shot from in front was stopped, but Hall, who had skated behind the net, came out from the other side and scored.
“Was just looking for chaos in front,” Hall said. “Sometimes that can go the other way, it goes on their tape and they put it in our net. Just worked our way. Probably the first time I can remember that we’ve come back in the last minute or so and tied a game. That’s huge.”
Hall scored at 4:06 of the second period to tie it 1-1, but after releasing the shot, Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas checked him.
Giroux gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead at 15:59 of the second period, but the Devils got within 4-3 10 seconds later when Hischier finished a 2-on-1 with Jesper Bratt at 16:09.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” Giroux said. “They’re a team that’s in the race with us. It’s two points we could have used.”
Travis Konecny gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 1:54 into the game, beating Kinkaid with a wrist shot off the rush.
After Hall tied it, Scott Laughton put Philly ahead 2-1 at 4:49 of the second, and Gudas made it 3-1 at 10:36.
Defenseman John Moore scored a power-play goal at 13:17 to cut the Flyers lead to 3-2.