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Long layoff seems to have cooled Flyers power play

May 3, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 01: David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils speaks with Nicklas Grossmann #8 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Devils defeated the Flyers 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers had no trouble scoring with the man advantage against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, after a six-day break between the first and second rounds, their power play seems to have cooled.

Philadelphia is just 1 for 11 on the power play against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In Game 2 on Tuesday, Philadelphia managed just one shot on goal in five power-play opportunities. The Devils deserve some of the credit for that, but the Flyers are far from blameless.

“We are definitely not working hard enough on the power play,” Philadelphia’s Danny Briere said. “It’s as simple as that.”

They also need to do a better job of winning faceoffs while they have the man advantage. New Jersey won the opening faceoff in all five of their penalty kills on Tuesday.

With the series tied at 1-1, Philadelphia will get a chance to bounce back in Game 3 on Thursday.

  1. Buffalo Grumblings - May 3, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    They shot their wad against the Pens. Now let’s get rid of the other Pennsylvania team and everything will be just fine.

    • ml3939 - May 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Coming from the city of champions.

    • hoarce7 - May 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Well judging by your ridiculous comment, I take it that it won’t be your team getting rid of the other Pennsylvania team anytime soon. (ha-ha-ha)

      • Buffalo Grumblings - May 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        What is my team? Whoever gets rid of the Flyers Scooter!

    • docvegas - May 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      they shot their wad in your mothers mouth, not on the pens

      • Buffalo Grumblings - May 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        My mom is dead so it had to be against the Pens.

    • squonkman - May 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      Listen… The Flyers played 10 solid minutes of Hockey in Game 3. LOL…Being a Flyers fan since the early 70’s, this is not unusual. All the “Bandwagon” Fans are hurting their ankles jumping off.
      1 bad game does not a series make.
      Anyway, Brodeur is WASHED UP ! He’ll be 40 yrs. old on Sunday…He’ll need some glasses to see the pucks going by him.
      The Devils were 3-3 against the Pens during the regular season…BIG WHOOPS !
      Can Zack do it all?
      KOVALSHOOT reminds me of Lindross- He’ll play when he wants to.
      Here’e hoping that Bryz is in the same UNIVERSE as the game on Sunday.
      LET’S GO FLYERS ! ! !… CINDY SUCKS !!!

      • Buffalo Grumblings - May 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        The Devils 40 year old is playing better than Phillys 40 year old. Giroux has disappeared in this series. And Bryzgalov is well….Bryzgalov. Doesn’t matter who my team, the facts are the facts. Flyers are done. Maybe if Kate Smith was still alive…..

  2. tfoz5150 - May 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Get ready for some fireworks tonight!

  3. bleed4philly - May 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    I gotta bad feeling about this…

  4. couturierfellatesguys - May 3, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    aww mr playoff says they need to get their heads out of their asses. what a suprise. this team is about to lay down and take the gun to the head. they are finished.

    • vismund11 - May 3, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      GenosPringles… is that you!!??

      • govtminion - May 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        Actually, yes. Yes it is.

  5. hank10 - May 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Maybe, maybe not. Devils were the #1 PK team in the regular season (OK, and Pens were #3). Flyers were guilty of too many fancy-passes while on the PP. Instead of taking the shot that was presented, they went for one more pass. Like Briere said, they need to work harder. The Pens series put them too much in a comfort zone.

  6. GenoPringles - May 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    I love hearing Danielle Brierre talking about hard work. That’s like having Harnell giving relationship advice. &1975

    • 700levelvet - May 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      And Cindy Crosby shot a 94 on the golf course today……..

    • vismund11 - May 3, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Hey bud, you wanna talk numbers. Briere’s got the best numbers in the playoffs of anybody since the lockout. How were Crosby and Geno’s numbers this year? One got owned by Girouxx, the old by Coots.

  7. martysbetter - May 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Shut down the hottest powerplay in the postseason…get no credit.
    Devils Hockey!

    • govtminion - May 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      I was just thinking something similar (without the Devils fan part- sorry). I wouldn’t call it that the Flyers are failing on the power play so much as the Devils- Brodeur in particular- have been stellar at the PK. Did we expect less from the Devils? That’s been one of their team focuses for years, after all.

    • ml3939 - May 3, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Still waiting for you to justify Marty repeatedly punching JVR in the back of the head while criticizing Hartnell’s high stick on Salvador.

    • paysattention - May 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Yeah Jersey never gets credit, just Cups…

  8. biffnasty - May 3, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Filthy done. Rangers devils eastern final. Rangers is 6

  9. mclovinhockey - May 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Flyers had a bad game the other day. Worst performance of the postseason. Lucky it was just against the devils. If that was how we played against the pens in game 4 we would have lost 17-1. Bryz was the only one who showed up.

  10. pkswally024 - May 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Listen to all the Philly haters getting excited!

  11. steelhammer92 - May 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    The difference is the Penguins gave the Flyers too much space to work their PP. They sat back, let the Flyers make their passes, and tried to block the shots. They failed miserably. The Devils are attacking the puck and the puck-carrier. They are pressuring whoever has the puck before they can set up their pass plays. Brodeur is outplaying Fleury, which certainly makes a difference.Philly missed some really good chances on the PP (Simmonds).. In the Penguins series, every little thing seemed to go their way on the PP.

  12. jpelle82 - May 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    nj was ranked #1 on the pk for a reason this year. lets give credit where credit is due.

    • maalea - May 3, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      The only thing wrong with that is Fla scored on over 40% of their PP.

      • jpelle82 - May 3, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        the faceoff thing will make a big difference. you cant just give up that much zone time by losing that many. and they have generated shots, but only one to the net.

  13. couturierfellatesguys - May 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    vismund you better get your head out of “coots” lap brah. I want to punch you in the mouth for just saying coots. you act like you know them and are friends. stop being a doucher. and no flyer is better than the third line from the pens. ur filthi flygirls will lose again tonight and I will be loving it jerking off with a belt around my neck

    • maalea - May 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      If only someone could be there to tighten it two belt holes.

  14. feva4theflava - May 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Hey Philly fans, the time has passed to lay down insults and impressive stats against the pens. U have a new focus now and with bryz not up to par things aren’t looking good for you.

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