The Flyers lost the game, and the series is even again. The defense was sloppy, and had a lot of miscues. However, the offense proved that they can get through NJ. Things started out pretty bad as a Carle mishandled a bad pass, and Elias stole the puck. He flipped the puck over Carle’s stick to Parise, who broke in shorthanded, went forehand-backhand and scored. Great, a deficit to the Devils, in their building, less than 3 minutes in is not the best way to start. But the Flyers rebounded quickly. Giroux circled from behind the net, as JVR set a pick/screen. Meanwhile, Asham streaked to the back door and had an easy slam dunk on Giroux’s threading-the-needle pass (went through 3 Devils). Six minutes later, Carle shot it, Giroux deflected it, and the Flyers had the lead.
It didn’t last long as the Devils scored a pair to take a 3-2 lead. First, a Colin White shot from the point got through Boucher’s legs. Then, Elias sent a pass from the left circle to the slot, and Greene deflected it from there towards the open net. The Flyers tried something new and put Pronger in front of Brodeuron the powerplay. It worked to perfection, as he tied it up by deflecting a Timonen shot from the point with just over a minute left in the second.
In the third, the Flyers blinked first and it hurt them. As Parise carried the puck behind the net, Ryan Parent was all over him…until he tripped over the net. Parise quickly circles to the front, takes a shot, and Zubrus buries the rebound. Kovalchuk would add an empty netter, and NJ gets the win. Poor coverage, mental lapses, and a few breakdown’s were the keys in this one. Aside from the White goal, Boucher had a pretty good game. He had a ton of great saves, and displayed some cat-like reflexes. Some of it was his own doing, as he left rebounds in front. The defense can help him out a bit by clearing the porch a bit faster.
I’m still confident that the Flyers can pull this series out. NJ dominated in the early going and for stretches throughout the game. However, they didn’t exactly shut the Flyers down either. The Flyers need to do a better job of playing with emotion, and everything will be fine. So far, in the first two games, it’s been the Devils taking the majority of the stupid penalties, and the Flyers have capitalized.
- I like the officiating for the most part. I’ve seen a few blatant penalties not called though. Giroux was cross checked head first into the boards by White, and the refs blew it. I don’t know what the hell they were looking at, because the puck was right there.
- Brodeur has been brilliant, and yet beatable. He’s become mortal with age, it seems. This bodes well for the Flyers. Just keep getting shots, taking a few chances, and things will work out.
- Kovalchuk is amazing. He’s an offensive machine that’s hard to contain. I don’t think the Devils know how to use him properly yet. He’s used to playing with mostly garbage and carrying the offensive load on his own. He’s going to have to adjust a bit to fit in better. Of course, for the Flyers sake, I hope this doesn’t happen.
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