Flyers Fall to Devils 4-1 in Game 2

Published on May 2nd, 2012

Bryzgalov was undersiege much of the game | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Tuesday May 1, 2012
The New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 after scoring 4 goals in the 3rd period.  They evened this 2nd round series up 1-1.

Star winger Ilya Kovalchuk of the Devils sat out this game with an injury.  For this game, Marty Brodeur started in net for the Devils and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Voracek-JVR
Read-Schenn-Simmonds
Couturier-Talbot-Wellwood 

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Carle
Coburn-Grossman
Lilja-Gustafsson

The Flyers jumped out to an early lead as rookie Matt Read scored at 2:53 of the 1st period.  Brodeur did not look sharp for the Devils early on as he fumbled the puck and was scored on quickly.  It was a fast-paced period as both teams moved the puck very well.  The Flyers were particularly effective on the penalty-kill with two strong efforts. 

The Flyers looked lethargic to start the 2nd period.  Bryzgalov made a number of stellar saves to keep the Flyers ahead.  The ice was totally tilted in the Devils’ favor most of the period as they recorded the 1st 12 shots.   The Devils were leading in shots 25 to 11 after two periods but still trailed on the scoreboard. 

The Devils finally burst through when rookie Adam Larsson scored for Devils at 3:08 of 3rd period during 4-on-4 play.  The floodgates seemed to open after that as the Devils got 3 more before the period was complete.  David Clarkson knocked in a rebound at 11:17 to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.  Travis Zajac then scored at 14:01 and Bryce Salvador added an empty-netter at 17:09.

On being out-played by the Devils, Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr said, “It’s tough to explain, they were just quicker and better than us. They showed it in the shots, I don’t think we had a shot until the last two minutes in the [second] period, after dominating the [first] period and since then we just didn’t have any shots… I think it’s both ways. They played very well and we didn’t play good at all, and the result was what you see on the board. They were totally better than us today, no question about it.”

Game 3 is Thursday in Newark, NJ.

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