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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Taylor Hall answered a vicious check in the best possible way – by netting the tying goal that helped the Devils snap a four-game losing streak.Hall scored twice in regulation Filip Forsberg Jersey , Drew Stafford had the only tally in the shootout and New Jersey beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 on Tuesday night.John Moore and Nico Hischier also tallied goals in regulation for the Devils.Hall was leveled by Radko Gudas just after shooting from a sharp angle 4:08 into the second period. He missed the remainder of the period, going through the concussion protocol, but returned in the third and scored his second of the night with 1:21 left in regulation to tie it at 3. Hischier’s shot from the slot rebounded off Neuvirth to Hall, who roofed it for his 23rd of the season.”You want to feel like yourself and you want to come back and help your team win,” Hall said.Hall’s grit impressed Devils coach John Hynes.”He’s a driven kid,” Hynes said. ”It’s another game for him where I think it’s great for him and our team, the investment level he’s had. His ability to impact the game the right way and play the right way is fantastic.”Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and Radko Gudas, Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton also scored for the Flyers, who learned earlier Tuesday that starting goalie Brian Elliott will be out for at least five weeks.Philadelphia had its four-game winning streak snapped and remained in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, while the seventh-place Devils pulled within two points.”We’re not happy with that, but the effort and work ethic were good Juuse Saros Jersey ,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said.Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves and stopped all three Flyers attempts in the shootout.”I knew we had to get off this (losing streak),” Kinkaid said.Stafford, New Jersey’s second shooter, beat Michal Neuvirth through the five-hole to end it.Neuvirth, the Flyers’ backup, made 31 saves in his second straight start since Elliott was injured during Saturday’s shootout at Arizona. General manager Ron Hextall announced prior to the game that Elliott had abdominal surgery on Tuesday and will be out 5 to 6 weeks.”It’s definitely exciting, but I feel bad for (Elliott),” Neuvirth said of being elevated to No. 1. ”This is a team game. We are playing for each other.”The teams combined for six goals in an electrifying second period.After Hall’s first goal, Laughton’s tally 41 seconds later from close range put the Flyers ahead. And it was a two-goal advantage for Philadelphia when Gudas’ slap shot from the point whizzed past Kinkaid with 9:24 left in the period.Moore’s hard slap shot beat Neuvirth on the glove side with 6:43 remaining in the second to pull New Jersey within 3-2, but Giroux answered with a power play goal 2:42 later when his shot from a sharp angle deflected off the stick of Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy and through Kinkaid’s legs.Ten seconds later, Hischier finished a 2-on-1 with a wrist shot over Neuvirth’s glove after a turnover by Ivan Provorov off the faceoff to make it 4-3.Konecny opened the scoring 1:54 into the contest with his 14th goal of the season and eighth in the last 13 games when he streaked down the right side and shot past Kinkaid.NOTES: In 41 games this season Kyle Turris Jersey , Elliott has posted a 21-11-7 mark with a 2.72 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. … Hall has points in 15 straight games (11 goals, 12 assists). … New Jersey’s Brian Boyle (right shoulder) and John Quenneville (right knee) didn’t make the trip to Philadelphia and are day-to-day. … The teams tied the season series at 2 games apiece.UP NEXTDevils: Host Carolina on Thursday night.Flyers: At Columbus on Friday night.— The NHL’s best rarely make it to free agency.Teams tend to re-sign their top players, keeping them off the market and on their rosters. That leaves a slew of solid veterans and journeymen available to the highest bidders trying to find a forward to play on a second or third line, a defenseman to be in a second pairing or perhaps a backup goaltender.John Tavares this year is considered a top target, assuming the New York Islanders and their new leaders can’t persuade the 27-year-old center to stay with the franchise that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009. He had 84 points last season, two shy of his career high.Trying to show Tavares how serious they are about winning, the Islanders hired Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz and Stanley Cup-winning president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello. New York can sign Tavares to an eight-year contract, too, one year more than any other team in the league can give him. The Islanders can invest $80-plus million to help convince their franchise star to stay.Tavares, though, may want to take his two-way talents elsewhere because he has made it to the playoffs just three times in his nine-year career Youth Matt Irwin Jersey , advancing only once. If the five-time All-Star chooses to leave, he has plenty of choices. Toronto, Boston, San Jose, Dallas and Tampa Bay are believed to be among his options. Tavares can command a seven-year contract for perhaps more than $70 million from any of the teams trying to lure him away from the Islanders.Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said the Tavares situation is holding back other free agents, not knowing how high he will set the bar for salaries, and delaying trades.”I think it’s holding up the hockey world a certain amount,” Hextall said Friday.Some other names to watch ahead of free agency, which begins Sunday:JAMES VAN RIEMSDYKThe Maple Leafs would love to keep him at the right price, but they might have to let him go to potentially to have enough money to bring Tavares back home. The 29-year-old winger had a career-high 36 goals last season, his sixth in Toronto and ninth in the league.DAVID PERRONThe 30-year-old winger picked a good time to have a career year Womens Mattias Ekholm Jersey , with a career-high 50 assists and 66 points with the Vegas Golden Knights. He added nine point during their postseason run.JAMES NEALThe three-time All-Star had a career-high 11 postseason points during the Vegas run to the Stanley Cup Final. The 30-year-old winger keeps himself in great shape and leads on and off the ice.PAUL STASTNYThe 32-year-old center had a career-high 15 playoff points, helping the Winnipeg Jets reach the Western Conference final. The one-time All-Star would be a solid Plan B for teams that whiff on their shot to sign Tavares.MIKE GREENWith Washington keeping John Carlson off the market, the 32-year-old Green may be the best defenseman available. Green had a neck injury last season in Detroit and that may concern some teams.MICHAEL GRABNERThe 30-year-old winger finished with 27 goals last year to rank third among potential unrestricted free agents. He had only two for New Jersey in the final 21 games.TYLER BOZAKThe 32-year-old Bozak has spent his entire career with the Maple Leafs, who may not be able to afford the solid center with 365 career points.JOE THORNTONTeams may hesitate to sign Thornton, coming off knee surgery with his 39th birthday on Tuesday, but the center with great hands could be a great fit for a contending team looking to add depth and a veteran presence.DAN HAMHUISWith slim pickings on the blue line, the 35-year-old defenseman will be in demand after missing a total of just five games the last two seasons in Dallas.CAM WARDThe 34-year-old goaltender won 23 games last season, the most of any potential unrestricted free agent, despite playing for the lowly Carolina Hurricanes.—AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston in Philadelphia contributed to this report.—

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