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Discuss: Devils dominate Flyers, tie series 1-1

May 1, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

Aside from “generalized chaos” and perhaps schizophrenic goaltending, there wasn’t much you could really depend on with a Philadelphia Flyers playoff game so far. The one thing that seemingly seemed constant was that Philly would push the pace, though.

Well, until Game 2 against the New Jersey Devils, when they seemingly fell asleep after gaining a 1-0 lead to eventually fall to New Jersey 4-1, tying the series at 1-1. If there’s one thing we know about the 2012 playoffs, it’s that it might not be safe to assume much of anything.

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  • Maybe the third period was a little rough, but don’t scapegoat Ilya Bryzgalov. He kept the Flyers ahead 1-0 when the Devils generated a 12-2 (at one point 12-0) shot disadvantage in the second period.
  • Still, the Flyers must have been daffy to assume he could pull a Braden Holtby and allow them to turtle their way to win though, right?
  • As much as this game was about Philly’s stunning shoulder shrug of a performance, the Devils deserve a lot of credit for absolutely pounding the Flyers. Could it be that they’re actuallyjust that much better?
  • The Devils managed to win without Ilya Kovalchuk. I’ll go ahead and preemptively disagree with this question, but do you think they were better off without him in Game 2?
  • Speaking of (formerly) injured Devils, Travis Zajac was out most of the season but he’s on fire right now. Is he an underrated X-factor in this series?
  • For all the Danny Briere praise, he was at least partially to blame for some lax defense on Devils goals. Is he on the top of the list of players who “believed their press clippings” too much or is just an off-night?
  • So, who do you think takes this series now?
  1. oruacat2 - May 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    No Kovy, but got Adam Larssen back, so I’d call that a wash.

  2. obamablowz - May 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Anyone who thinks that round three won’t be Rangers vs. Flyers is a complete tool

    • barkar942 - May 1, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      I am a Ranger fan and I ain’t convinced yet that the Rangers can beat Washington! I’ll bet there are a lot of Flyer fans that aren’t too sure about their team either right about now!!
      (p.s.- not an Obama fan either- at least we agree on one thing)!

      • epictron1 - May 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

        The only difference is that the Flyers have showed that they can play 10x better than they did tonight.

      • obamablowz - May 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

        Dude…..Relax….Flyers in 6….Rangers in 6….Rangers in 6…..Rangers in 5 against L.A…..U win cup

    • cleverbob - May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      Gotta play the games. How’d it work out for those Pens when they were anointed eventual champs?

  3. dsd3 - May 1, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Bryz was ridiculous tonight. What a waste for his team to not even try for the last 50 minutes of the game.

  4. thegevs - May 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Obamablowzyourwang.. tool

  5. barkar942 - May 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    “The Devils managed to win without Ilya Kovalchuk. I’ll go ahead and preemptively disagree with this question, but do you think they were better off without him in Game 2?”

    The Devils were better off without him in game 2 because he is obviously hurting pretty badly to not try to play like he did in game 1 where he was a total non-factor. In game two, an injured Kovy was not on the ice that made the Devils better off in game 2.
    That said, if Kovy were healthy, your question would be a moot point.

  6. martysbetter - May 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Absolutely fantastic game by the Devils tonight, so much for hiding behind the trap huh?

    Great to see the effort by guys like Larsson and Stephen Gionta, I really thought Larsson was going to be a huge liability on defense but he was in it the whole game.

    and of course Clarkson with the most Clarkson-esque goal and celebration ever.

    Shout out to Hartnell for slashing Salvador in the face after he shot for the ENG, keeping it classy as always.

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - May 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      LOL What ever happened to the trap/boring game thing that was being yammered about?

      • bigdong28 - May 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

        they forecheck well…game 3 will be very different than tn

    • vismund11 - May 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      Sallgood, Brodeur scummed it in game five and Slammed repeatedly on the back of JVR’s head. Keep it classy hall of famer.

    • tfoz5150 - May 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      Classy like a Brodeur stick to the back of the head

    • ml3939 - May 1, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      If you are gonna criticize Hartnell, what is your take on Brodeur pummeling the back of JVR’s head in the crease? It’s not like JVR is net-crasher or a guy with any such history that it was some sort of payback.

      • ml3939 - May 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        I would love to know why asking someone a question about a post warrants 9 thumbs down. I am expecting a minimum of 4 thumbs down for this post if people are still reading this article.

    • maalea - May 2, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      Do you watch the empty net goal?

      Hartnell’s stick rode up Salvador’s stick and than hit him in the face. It was not a cheap shot.

      And anyone who uses that tired old hack line of “keep it classy” should have their keyboard taken away.

      • nyynygnjd - May 2, 2012 at 1:20 AM

        Usage of any variation of the phrase “stay classy” deserves at least a week-long timeout from the internet.

  7. riotact13 - May 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Shoulder shrug of a performance is right. This series isn’t as crazy as round 1 but don’t fall asleep boys!

  8. riotact13 - May 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Still say Flyers in 6.

    • jimw81 - May 2, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      so do i, both teams are match equally. but flyers have more scoring depth than devils.

  9. epictron1 - May 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    What an absolute horrific showing from the Flyers. Everything went wrong for the Flyers. Passing, dumping the puck, and even shooting. It didn’t matter. They didn’t adjust and just hoped that the Devils would make a mistake to increase their lead. That is not the Flyers that beat the Penguins or played in a majority of Game 1. They wasted fantastic goaltending from Bryzgalov, and now have to go to New Jersey tied at 1.

    I can’t tell which loss is worse… the 10-3 game or this one….

    • obamablowz - May 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      If you can’t tell which is worse….ur an idiot

      • epictron1 - May 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        Learn to spell before you call someone an idiot. Cunt.

      • obamablowz - May 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

        what is spelled wrong? “ur” in sub for “you are”….sorry to upset you with your simple minded grammar.

      • epictron1 - May 1, 2012 at 11:04 PM

        Show society that you didn’t drop out of grade school before calling someone an idiot. Typing “ur” makes you look like an impatient and moronic since you couldn’t take the time to type a few extra letters. Either that, or you just want to look hip your with your “text” language.

      • bethgoesglobal - May 2, 2012 at 12:20 AM

        Oh, because calling some a C*$# shows society that you’re an educated man??? Maybe you should develop your vocabulary a little.

      • bethgoesglobal - May 2, 2012 at 12:22 AM

        someone not “some”, pardon me (before you jump down My throat)

      • cfburkemusic - May 2, 2012 at 4:06 AM

        “Typing ‘ur’ makes you look like an impatient and moronic since you couldn’t take the time to type a few extra letters.”

        An impatient and moronic what? I hate to break it to you, Shakespeare, but that sentence is missing a noun if you want it to be grammatically correct. Or, you know, to make sense. I guess it’s back to grade school for you, too, bub.

    • maalea - May 2, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      They play of Bryz was the only difference.

      The final score could have been 8 – 1.

  10. biffnasty - May 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Haha silly filthy fans

    • tfoz5150 - May 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      That’s the only game your getting all Series

  11. chasemutley - May 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Alright alright alriiiiiiight! Gonna learn today! Flyboys gonna learn they can’t sleepwalk through this series. I’d hate to be them at practice tomorrow. Lavy is going to make his usual Midas changes and game 4 will feature a much more energetic team then the one we saw tonight.

    They should apologize to the fans that paid money tonight, this game would have been 7-1 without Bryz.

    • jkay1818 - May 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      im glad to see theyll be energetic in game 4, can you tell all of us who won game 3?? itll save all of us the trouble of watching.

  12. pugdog1228 - May 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Puh-lease, one game does not a series make. Flyers are still the team to beat, and you gotta do it 4 Times for it to count. No worries flyers fans, just a minor set back! Flyers in 6 !

  13. jkay1818 - May 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Devils played tonight exactly how the rangers played against the flyers all season. There is def. a blueprint there. for the most part, the flyer fans are knowledgeable except for that one moron “tackledummy” he rips the rangers style of play and you guys saw it first hand tonight. that was a great game start to finish by the devils, game one could have went either way in OT also. this series is going to be very interesting, and entertaining. both eastern conf matchups. can someone explain to me what pierre mcguire was saying all game? usually he is pretty good, but man, he was a disaster. I thought at one pt theyd show him wearing a flyers towel over his shoulders in between the benches. kenny albery made a comment how the flyers had zero shots on net with about 6 mins to go in the period and he busted out “this is what they wanna do, this is their plan” what plan is that?
    both of these teams are really good, and fun to watch. lets hope both of these series play like they have been playing so far. its been a real treat.

    • ml3939 - May 2, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      I am not sure this is necessarily how the Rangers played the Flyers all season. I thought the Devils completely dominated the Flyers more than the Rangers ever did this season. Besides Bryz, the Flyers pretty much did nothing right tonight. I will say nothing to disrespect what the Devils did tonight and make no excuses for the Flyers.
      To say game 1 could have went either way is a little much. Granted it was a one goal game that went to OT, but the Flyers were dominant from the second period on. They should have won that game long before OT.
      I do agree on your point about McGuire. I am pretty sure an offense first kind of team has no intention of playing passively once they get an early goal. The Flyers win by pressing the play and flexing their offensive muscle. The Flyers broadcast team would not have even stooped to such an observation, not even Steve Coates.

      • dws1234 - May 3, 2012 at 11:45 PM

        @ml3939

        The game results from the 2011-2012 NHL regular season involving the NJ Devils vs the Philadelphia Flyers show that the two teams split the seaon series.

        The game results from the 2011-2012 NHL regular season involving the NY Rangers vs the Philadelphia Flyers show that the Flyers were 0-6.

      • ml3939 - May 4, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        @dws1234, I am not sure what point you are trying to make. I know what happened in the season series. Game 2 was a complete beat down by the devils. The Flyers were dominated for 55 minutes of the game. The Flyers may have lost those games to the Rangers but the Rangers never dominated them like that in any game this season. Unless you have a particular game in mind where the Rangers played the Flyers like that you have responded for no reason. If the Devils had the Penguins offense, they could have beat the Flyers 17-1 in that game.

  14. pkswally024 - May 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    We got owned tonight. No doubt about it. Bryz played a really good game. Too bad we couldn’t generate… Anything. You’re right, Lavy will be all over them tomorrow.

  15. chasemutley - May 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Did this really just turn into a grammar debate?

    • epictron1 - May 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      If someone disagrees with an opinion, I have no problem with that. However, have some intelligent rebuttal rather than “ur an idiot.”

    • bethgoesglobal - May 2, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      Apparently so….and fighting like girls no less.

      Speaking of the ladies, epictron- watch your tongue!! Can I just say that using that word (starting with “C”), is offense no matter who it’s aimed at.

      • girouxsmonsterrod - May 2, 2012 at 8:46 AM

        i think you meant ‘offensive’….jk flyers in 6!

      • bethgoesglobal - May 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        I think you’re right, good thing you pointed that out because other people may not be able to figure that one out.

  16. ningenito78 - May 1, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Devils in 6.

  17. ml3939 - May 1, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    The Flyers were awful tonight besides a stretch of about 5 minutes in the first period. All credit goes to the Devils as they carried play throughout the game. They clearly deserved to win. Not that it would have made a difference tonight but they could really use Meszaros on the power play point instead of Carle. He is useless and his shot is horrendous, wide or blocked.

  18. bethgoesglobal - May 2, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    I was happy to see Larsson playing tonight, even if it was because Kovy is injured, I really like him. It was great that he was able to capitalize on this placement with the tying goal that set up the Devils scoring burst.

  19. jimw81 - May 2, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    You can’t win playoff games playing 12 minutes of hockey and expect your goaltender to bail you out rest of game. Flyers did this in game 4 against pens.

  20. wicky888 - May 2, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    The Flyers needed this just like they needed the 10-3 whooping last series. It keeps them honest. Congrats to the Devils, they worked us last night. On a side note, both of these goalies should be barred from playing the puck behind the net. I’m not sure which one has been worse.

  21. couturierfellatesguys - May 2, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    wow what a performance by the fly girls. 2 shots in the second period. total domination by jersey. see what happens when u filthi fans get too cocy. u get knocked down a peg

    • melonheadsdaddy - May 2, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      What exactly is cocy? Is that cozy? Or cocky?

  22. eagleschic - May 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    “Could it be that they’re actuallyjust that much better?” Um, that would be an emphatic NO! The Flyers are a clearly better team then the Devils. That’s just an absolutely idiotic statement by this blogger. That said, the Devils were the more desperate team. That was a must win for them and they took it. I was at the game and the Flyers were just awful. Lazy plays, slowing skating and no true effort. They took the lead and got complacent. It lacks the intensity of the Pens series and it honestly looks like they got cocky and bored. While the Devils played a near perfect game, and deserve credit for a great win, my nephew’s peewee hockey team could have dominated the
    Flyers last night. It’s not hard to be dominated when you don’t show up. I’m not concerned. This team is very talented and although it is puzzling as to how you don’t show up for a playoff game, this team will be fine.

  23. mungman69 - May 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    The Flyers are better than that…aren’t they?

  24. cleverbob - May 2, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Can’t understand how a team can completely flatline in the middle of a playoff game. The Devils just dogged them on the ice. I hope this doesn’t turn into a habit.

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