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Devils, Flyers react to momentum shifts in Game 1

Apr 29, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

Adam Henrique, Jakub Voracek AP

For about half of Game 1’s opening period, it seemed like the Philadelphia Flyers were sleepwalking from a week-long playoff hibernation. In that time, the New Jersey Devils generated a 1-0 lead and 11-0 shot advantage, a start that Claude Giroux called “embarrassing” and “not acceptable.”

The story of the 4-3 Flyers’ OT win ended up being how the two teams played after that subdued start, though.

Flyers bench boss Peter Laviolette was pleased that his team bounced back from that bumbling beginning to dominate the majority of the contest and eventually take the win.

“I’m happy to see the response from the team after the first period and in the last 45 minutes of play,” Laviolette said.

Game 1 revealed both sides of the long layoff vs. short rest coin. The Flyers seemed to hit the snooze button a couple extra times but an aging Devils team might have shown some fatigue from going into double OT in a Game 7 on Thursday. New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer didn’t use that as an excuse, but he admitted that the Devils couldn’t keep up the momentum of a good start, according to Tom Gulitti.

“We couldn’t sustain what we did in the first period,” DeBoer said. “They took the game over in the second half and when you’re just hanging on, that’s what happens.”

Ilya Kovalchuk was the scapegoat in many peoples’ eyes, even if defensemen such as Marek Zidlicky and Peter Harrold had blunders of their own. Kovalchuk seemed to sum up the way things went for the Devils, whether he held some of the blame or not.

“We kind of just started sitting back and you can’t do that against this team,” Kovalchuk said.

That’s certainly true. It seems like coming back from an early deficit is becoming the Flyers’ natural habitat.

  1. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    flyers are a joke, their true losing colors will show soon enough.

    • tcclark - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      that “joke” made your team look really funny

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 29, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      Maybe…but not yet. Not yet…..

    • jblah - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:14 AM

      what does that say about your precious pengs?

    • bigdong28 - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      elaborate please…if you’re gonna make bold statements please provide some insight to your conclusion. You saw they were rusty for the first half and luckily bryz kept them in the game…but once they got back to their game and got that intensity back..phfff…it was honestly laughable. I called out a few friends saying they would finish it within the first 5mins in OT and what happened? I cant remember if I saw the devils even get past the neutral zone in OT haha. We just played the pens buddy…Devils are not as good, as seen.

  2. pkswally024 - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    The only joke is all the comments you post on these stories. Get a life dude.

  3. chasemutley - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Not in this round, troll.

  4. cleverbob - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Does it get any more pathetic than trolling the comments after your team was sent home? Really sad stuff…

  5. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    keep on cheating filthy we all know how you win games

  6. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    flyers will be exposed soon

    • vismund11 - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      Hows that?? Do you mean honestly, and just out playing and out scoring their opponents? Face it, chief, what chaps your a$s is the fact that YOUR team (which is no doubt the pens) got outed as a bunch of cheap shotting, head-hunting, whiny d-bags. The Flyers outplayed and out lasted your team, friend, let it go, play some NHL 12′ because it’ll probably be the last one you play. I dont see you buying NHL 13 because Claude’s gonna be on the cover,

  7. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    just like when the pens embarrased them 10-3. those were their true ugly orange colors bleeding through

  8. jucam1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Your existence is sad, your handle basically points out the talentless trash you are, and i want you to remember every time the Flyers play that: they OWNED your sad little team, that you have no talent for even basic commenting, and that your life is so sad and pathetic that all you have left is to troll the posts of the team that killed your sensitive little Pens…..
    Remember that you tool as you watch the Flyers continue to win….

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