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Devils coach: “I really felt we would respond like this”

May 1, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

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Out of context, the New Jersey Devils’ 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 shouldn’t have been that surprising. After all, the two teams split three defeats each in their six matches in the regular season. The victory wasn’t surprising, but the way they won it kinda was. The Flyers went flat while the Devils were relentless in their Game 2 triumph.

That took some of us off guard, but not Devils coach Peter DeBoer, as he told Tom Gulitti.

“I really felt we would respond like this,” DeBoer said. “It’s not more than I expected. It is what I expected.”

New Jersey showed great poise in shaking off what most of been a frustrating, scoreless second period to eventually make good on their momentum in the third. The Devils generated a 12-2 shot advantage in the middle frame but Ilya Bryzgalov held them at 1-0. That didn’t throw them off, however, as they exploded to a franchise-first four-goal third period to win the game.

Not surprisingly, DeBoer was pleased with the way they shook off that irritation.

“Bryzgalov made some big saves for them early,” DeBoer said. “We just felt we had to stick with it and that resiliency finally paid off.”

David Clarkson scored the big pay-off goal (the 2-1 tally that was the eventual game-winner), but the Devils power forward gave captain Zach Parise much of the credit for that resiliency.

“It starts with a guy like Zach,” Clarkson said. “We didn’t give up, we kept battling and when we came in the room between periods, we said to each other, ‘Let’s keep going. Let’s keep working’ We did that and we were successful.”

DeBoer totally saw it coming, too.

  1. mancave001 - May 2, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Go ahead. Celebrate. You’ve made Giroux mad.

  2. mendenhallfumblemachine - May 2, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    If this is what makes Giroux “mad”, then what will he be after a game 3 loss?

  3. cuffhimbanano - May 2, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Devils played their best game of season. Another game like this and I may get my hopes up. I expect they’ll come out flat in game 3, take stupid penalties, and lose 5-1. Typical Devils playoff hockey.
    If the Devils were a chick I would have dumped her a long time ago.

  4. GenoPringles - May 2, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    It really sucks that Filthy lost, my life feels real empty today without hearing how many more knock knocks they need

    • spiffy53 - May 2, 2012 at 8:22 AM


    • melonheadsdaddy - May 2, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      11. It’s simple math. 4+4+3. 11. You’re welcome.

    • hockeyfan763 - May 2, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      GinoPringles is back !!!!! Where have you been ? Haven’t heard from you since the Flyers went up 3-0. Shouldn’t you be at the golf course cleaning Crosby’s balls.

  5. GenoPringles - May 2, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    Were knock knock jokes around in 1975?

    • vismund11 - May 2, 2012 at 7:12 AM

      I’d rather read about the possible dissolution of your team :) hmmmm Malkin or Staal… who must we keep?…hmmm

    • girouxsmonsterrod - May 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Does it suck to have to troll comment sections of articles about the team that beat you to make you feel like your team is still playing? Give it a rest

  6. tackledummy1505 - May 2, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Grab, hold, trap, and interfere entire game. Who didn’t know old style Devils hockey. Called it even before the game happen. It’s going to be a typical Devil series where the refs call it 1game and then they don’t call it the next. I hate this hockey. It should involve

  7. tackledummy1505 - May 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Skill plays, actual designed plays, and hockey really. Oh well, I knew how it was going to be. This series will go 7.

  8. GenoPringles - May 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    18 Minutes without a shot on goal!!! That lasted longer than Hartnell’s marriage

  9. pkswally024 - May 2, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Crosby has no balls

  10. GenoPringles - May 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Soupcan had matching 8 pound bowling balls inside his almighty scrotus. Did bowling exist in 1975?

  11. couturierfellatesguys - May 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    1975 gas prices were 44 cents a gallon.

  12. couturierfellatesguys - May 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    in 1975 BIC launches first disposable Razor

  13. tfoz5150 - May 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Devils have no shot. They’re washed up like their goaltender.

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