Newark, NJ – In his second regular season game as a Flyers goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov gave them something they haven't had in more than 18 months.
A regular season shutout.
Bryzgalov made 20 saves Saturday night and Philadelphia smothered New Jersey in a 3-0 win, handing the Devils a loss in their 2011-12 season opener.
Claude Giroux scored in the second period to give Bryzgalov the only goal he needed for his 24th career shutout, while rookie Matt Read picked up his first NHL goal and Wayne Simmonds scored for the first time as a Flyer.
The Flyers are off to a 2-0 start after beating the Bruins 2-1 Thursday night to spoil Boston's Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony.
Saturday marked their first regular season shutout since a 2-0 win at Toronto on April 6, 2010.
Martin Brodeur allowed three goals on 29 shots as the Devils started a season with a new head coach for the third straight year, losing in Peter DeBoer's debut.