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Jagr on Devils: “They have been a little bit stronger and faster than us”

May 5, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers Getty Images’s Tim Panaccio has a simple explanation for why the Philadelphia Flyers are down 2-1 in their semifinals series against the New Jersey Devils: a lack of fire. Most specifically, Panaccio sees a gap in intensity between the way they are performing against the Devils compared to the chaotic series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Danny Briere agrees.

“As a team, we just haven’t used or played with enough emotion and passion as we had in the first round against Pittsburgh,” Briere said. ““If we thought they were just going to let us win, then we had the wrong mindset and we deserve to lose, there’s no doubt about that.”

Of course, they also aren’t in the same hockey track meet like they were against the Penguins, which Jaromir Jagr points out in his own assessment of the Devils series so far.

“You gotta understand that every series is kinda different,” Jagr said. “It all depends who you play against. They’re a tight checking team that is pretty strong on the boards. They’re stronger than I thought, that is for sure. I thought we’d handle the boards a little better than we have so far. You never know. You just have to keep fighting … I thought they have been a little bit stronger and faster than us.”

While offense came easily for both the Penguins and Flyers in round one, it’s arguable that Philly was allowed to mask a few weaknesses and maybe grow a little cocky about their scoring prowess. The Devils aren’t likely to yield the same kind of space, so it’s all about being a little stronger and faster going forward.

  1. dawglb - May 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    In the last two days the Flyers (Jagr, Briere, and Hartnell especially) have talked about being outplayed, frustrated, out muscled, etc. I hope they aren’t as defeated as they sound. I give the Flyers credit for humiliating the Pens in round 1, and yet, give the Devils credit for playing outstanding hockey, complete hockey and winning (so far).

    • crosberries - May 6, 2012 at 5:30 AM

      Congrats you guys won your cup vs Pittsburgh and forgot about the next 3 round.

      • danphipps01 - May 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        You know, like Vancouver did against Chicago. Of course, they didn’t turn around and quit QUITE as fast as the Flyboys, but hey, now we’re just splitting hairs.

  2. martysbetter - May 5, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Here’s to hoping “playing with more passion and emotion” doesn’t mean a total goon fest these next few games, because its been way more fun watching these two teams actually play hockey as opposed to the mess that was the Pens/Flyers series in RD 1.

    Of course Rinaldo is playing tomorrow so its looking like that’s where its headed.

    • biasedhomer - May 6, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      Rinaldo is as useless as Riley Cote, I’d rather see Harry Z in there

  3. comradeast - May 5, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    @ James OBrien

    This is a Devils/Flyers article.

    Why is there a pic of the Rags?


    • biasedhomer - May 6, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      Title quotes Jagr, picture has Jagr

  4. vindicatus - May 6, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Is it really that hard to find a picture of Jagr playing the Devils? Or even Jagr alone? As the other poster said, lazy.

    Looking forward to the game. Flyers are gonna come out with all they have, and I hope the Devs are ready. LET’S GO DEVILS!!!!

  5. quonce - May 6, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Let’s go Devils!

  6. lsxphotog - May 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    If you don’t respect your opponent’s ability in the playoffs, you cannot beat them. It takes a respect of their talent to be able to win. Maybe the Flyers came into this series thinking they wouldn’t have a problem with the Devils.

  7. dawglb - May 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I hope Rinaldo does not play. 50% of his shifts result in penalties. This is no time to try to play short-handed. He will try to “spark something”…..much like Carcillo sparked something vs Talbot.

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