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Devils Beat Flyers 4-1, Even Series at One

Well Philly fans, the puck is in your rink, what needs to be done for the Flyers to rebound from this game?

The Flyers looked great at the start of the game, then they could not generate any offense at all.

2 shots in the 2nd period and 9 in the 3rd for a total of 20 for the game just won’t cut it.

New Jersey fans, I am sure you are satisfied with the way the game played-out tonight.

added 10:24pm, Below watch the HNIC post-game video montage of the game.

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Holy moly, I am relieved & very satisfied with this outcome. Devils demonstrated discipline & relentless follow through. Please may they keep it that way back in Newark. And I love Travis Zajac!

Posted by Carthage on 05/01/12 at 11:31 PM ET

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That was the worst game the Flyers played all playoffs. The only reason it wasn’t 10+ like the Penguins is Bryzgalov was the only one who showed up. So, channeling my inner Lavy, here’s what I noticed:

1. The Flyers created no confusion in front of the net, everything was to the perimeter. If the Flyers are to be successful and what drove Pittsburgh and NJ in game 1 nuts, is the grinders/big forwards like Simmonds, JVR, and Hartnell went hard to the net all the time. They didn’t do that today, must get back to doing that.

2. While the Penguins, who by their own fans admission weren’t great defensively, would let the Flyers make that extra pass for easy tap-ins or easy shots, the Devils don’t. Very simple, throw the puck on net and execute number 1 above.

3. Power play must enact #2, otherwise the Flyers will only score maybe one more PP goal this series.

4. The Devils played a very elongated 1-2-2, with the one guy playing just offset on the crease, usually the opposite side of the D-man with the puck and the other 2 forwards were at the Flyers D blueline. Not once did I see a Flyer come back to the goal line to create speed to get through that setup. Instead they looked for stretch passes which weren’t there.

5. The thing they did great in Game 1 was keep the puck away from Marty. He may be 40 by the end of next week but he can still weild a pretty good stick. They didn’t do soft or hard dumps. Every dump in was followed by a chase the puck back out because Marty already put the puck to the defenseman and the Flyers forecheck was thwarted.

Those were my observations from the game. This series hinges on how the teams play in Game 3. If both teams play well, it’ll go long, probably all 7, if one team plays poorly, I think we’re looking at a five gamer of a series.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 05/01/12 at 11:55 PM ET

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Game was similar to rangers vs flyers during the regular season and game 4 against pens. the flyers stop playing after the read goal and expect the goalie to win the game from that point forward.. They will look at the tape, clean up mistakes and they will be fine. Desperation was factor in this game.

Those were my observations from the game. This series hinges on how the teams play in Game 3. If both teams play well, it’ll go long, probably all 7, if one team plays poorly, I think we’re looking at a five gamer of a series.

flyers will be ready for game 3, im more concern about game 4, two day wait.

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/02/12 at 02:10 AM ET

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