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Discuss: Devils down Panthers, tie series 2-2

Apr 19, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

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It’s starting to feel like the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils might be in for an unlikely seven game showdown in the first round. Game 4 may just rank as the first time that things went as expected, though: the Devils took a 1-0 lead into the third period and then bolstered it to a 4-0 win to tie the series at 2-2.

As always, you’re welcome to develop your own stump speeches, but here are a few bullet points to whet your whistle.

  • Martin Brodeur might not be in his prime anymore, but he still seems like a great bounce-back goalie. After getting pulled in Game 3, Brody set a new playoff record with his 24th shutout.
  • While the Devils can feel better about their netminding situation, the Panthers must feel unsettled. Scott Clemmensen unraveled a bit in the third. Should Florida switch back to Jose Theodore or stick with Clemmensen?
  • Is this a sign that the Devils are ready to assert their seemingly considerable talent/on-paper edge on the Panthers or is this series likely to be a seesaw matchup? Who do you think will take it?
  • The Panthers played without late-scratch Jason Garrison and Keaton Ellerby was injured during the contest. Could depth be an issue for Florida?
  • New Jersey stars Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise scored. If they get going, could the Devils regain their dark horse potential?
  1. scottfmullin - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Devils won this game from the net forwar. Brodeur played great, better than I’ve seen him in a quite a while. But at the same time, this series still feels like a see-saw matchup. Devils’ offense still feels inconsistent from period to period. Panthers should stick Theodore back in, and maybe that will wake the team up like the Clemmensen switch did.

  2. lameasish - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    I actually don’t mind the devils but parise acts like every goal he scores is the Stanley Cup winner, he needs to relax a bit. Someone from the panthers should remind him of that, if they have a player that does stuff like that..

  3. gbditka - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    lameasish…have you noticed the “C” on the front shoulder of Parise’s jersey? The “C” is sewn on the jersey of the team captain. A team captain is chosen by the Head Coach on whom displays leadership ability, hustle, enthusiasm for the game and a player you want all others to emulate. I’ll take an emotional team captain who wants to win over one out there just for a pay check. You state he needs to “relax” — relaxed NHL hockey players are now on golf courses rather than battling for the Cup!

    • scottfmullin - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      I wouldn’t link his celebrations to his captaincy. Toews, Doan, Iginla, H. Sedin, Pronger, Weber are all captains who wouldn’t do the jump-up-and-down-and jump-hug other people routine. Captains are chosen for team presence, and can play enthusiastically without celebrating like crazy.

      But I must check what I’m saying, I don’t think Parise’s celebrations are that bad.

  4. rawgator06 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    @scottmullin…I’m not sure if Theo is the best choice. He has been playing poorly since the last games of the regular season and has been pretty bad in the playoffs

    • scottfmullin - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      He has been OK in the playoffs. Basically a coin flip in my eyes if you keep Clemmer’s performance on Tuesday in mind. But Clemmer looked weak last night and his positioning was off. Might switch back to shake things up.

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