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On a night where the Philadelphia Flyers lost 3-1 to the New Jersey Devils, the NHL team’s star power was in full force.

In the first period, Connor McDavid led the way for the Flyers with five goals and eight points, but he was unable to keep up with the Devils. 

The Flyers had a chance to take the lead in the third period, but a late goal from Cody Eakin tied it up at one with just over a minute left. 

A few minutes later, McDavid scored on the power play, putting the Flyers ahead 1-0. 

However, the Flyers went on to lose the game, and the momentum shifted to the Devils, who scored a goal in the final minutes of the game to tie it up. 

After the game was over, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol spoke to reporters and talked about McDavid’s performance. 

“He did a great job of putting the puck in the net,” Hakstola said.

“His goal, the one that put us in the game and gave us a chance in the second period, was a little bit better, but we had to make sure we didn’t give up that extra goal. 

I thought he played really well.” 

McDavid’s scoring outburst was one of the best he’s ever scored in a Flyers uniform, but it didn’t come in a game where he was in the lineup. 

It was only a couple of games ago when he was coming off a career-high 38 points in a 30-game span, but this season he’s only had eight points. 

He’s notched just two goals and five points in his past two games. 

In his last two games, McDaniel has two goals, eight points and a plus-6 rating. 

McNabb is the only other player in the NHL with five career goals and 11 points, while Jakub Voracek and Ryan Suter have four each. 

Despite the Flyers loss, Hakstols goalies’ save percentage this season is .924. 

Last year, the Philadelphia coach had a similar situation with Ryan Miller, who had a career high seven wins and two shutouts. 

But this year Miller is playing behind a starting netminder who has only given up a goal or an assist in four of his past seven games.

“This team is a lot better,” Hakthol said. 

Hakstol said that, despite the loss, he thinks he has the same players he had last year. 

While Hakstolson has made a point to use all the NHL’s 30 players at their best, he doesn’t think he has to rely on them all. 

On the other hand, the players he’s used this year aren’t the same. 

As the Flyers sit in third place in the Eastern Conference, they have a chance at making the playoffs. 

They’re on the verge of winning the Metropolitan Division, but if the Devils win out, they’ll have a tougher time reaching the conference finals. 

If the Flyers are going to make it, they need to play better than they did tonight. 

 Stay tuned to NHL.com/scout for more on the Flyers and Flyers-Devils series. 

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