Hart makes 33 saves, Flyers defeat Devils to sweep two-game set

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NEWARK, N.J. — Carter Hart made 33 saves, and the Philadelphia Flyers scored two goals in the third period of a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Thursday.

Nate Prosser scored in his Flyers debut, and Erik Gustafsson had two assists for Philadelphia (5-2-1), which defeated New Jersey 5-3 on Tuesday.

Hart allowed 10 goals in his previous two starts.

Michael Raffl put the Flyers ahead 2-1 at 2:10 of the third period when he tapped in the puck in the crease after Connor Bunnaman‘s shot went off the left post.

Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the season on a redirection in the slot of Gustafsson’s slap pass from the left face-off circle at 6:26 to make it 3-1.

Scott Wedgewood made 14 saves for the Devils (3-3-1), who lost two straight games for the first time this season. It was his fourth straight start since goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was placed on the NHL COVID-19 list Jan. 21.

Damon Severson gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead on a wrist shot from the right circle at 7:11 of the first period.

Prosser tied the game 1-1 when he scored off a rebound at the right post at 9:23 of the first period. 

Prosser, a defenseman who signed a two-year contract with Philadelphia on July 1, 2019, scored his first NHL goal since April 5, 2018, in his first game since Jan. 17, 2019, with the Minnesota Wild.

Devils coach Lindy Ruff, who was hired July 9, was coaching in his 1,500th game, seventh most in NHL history.

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