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Devils hoping to ‘bury’ Flyers tonight

Mar 15, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

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According to Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers are “done” if they lose to New Jersey tonight.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer would love nothing more.

“We want to try to bury the teams below us as quickly as possible,” DeBoer said, per “Doesn’t matter whether it’s Philadelphia or Florida or anybody else — you get an opportunity to separate yourself from the teams below you, you want to take full advantage of that. It’s all about getting points right now. It’s not necessarily about the opponent; it’s about putting points on the board and trying to solidify a spot in the top eight.”

A surprise team to many after Zach Parise left for Minnesota this summer, the Devils (13-9-5) sit sixth in the Eastern Conference, three points clear of the ninth-place Rangers. With three wins in their last four, New Jersey seems to have righted the ship after a six-game winless skid that was marked by poor goaltending from Johan Hedberg.

Hedberg stopped 23 of 25 Philly shots in Wednesday’s 5-2 victory.

And the play in front of the goaltender has also improved, according to center Travis Zajac.

“We’re better than we were a couple weeks ago,” Zajac told “We’re starting to win more battles, starting to make more plays. We’re back to frustrating teams and being aggressive and in teams’ faces. When we’re assertive and making it tough for teams, it’s better for us.”

  1. wingsandthings19 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Should be a fun game to watch. We’ll see if Holmgren gettin loud has any effect or if they roll over yet again. Hope they win though to keep it tight down the stretch.

  2. philly4lyfe - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    it shouldn’t be too hard

  3. tfaltin - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Maybe Zajac will start producing himself then.

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Peter DeBoer’s “killer mentality” is exactly what coaches need to have. The good ones have it, the great ones have it and can win SCs. I’m not a Devils or Flyers fan, but I appreciate the approach. DeBoer wants to bury these guys, and Laviolette’s team is fighting to survive. Awesome expected battles in this short season. As much as the lockout was painful, the shortened season adds a lot of drama and excitement. Go boys!

  5. sjsharks66 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Wish i could watch this game on a tv -_- stuck watching online

  6. ironman721 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Win or lose tomorrow should be interesting on PHT!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Patrick Elias will score the winning goal !

  7. phillyphannn83 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    “We’re back to frustrating teams and being aggressive and in teams’ faces. When we’re assertive and making it tough for teams, it’s better for us.”
    Wait I’m confused. Wasn’t it Devils fans that were telling us 2-3 days ago that the Flyers play that way and they’re a dirty, cheating, scumbag, classless, skill-less hockey team with goons and not hockey players who’s only strategy is to frustrate other teams and get in their heads instead of playing what they called “real” hockey?

  8. phillyphannn83 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    But its OK when your team does it, the Flyers are goons for doing it though.

    • martysbetter - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      No the Flyers are goons for doing stuff like this

      • sgtr0c - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        Take your skirts off, Sally’s! This is the NHL. Man Up

  9. mj1818 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Yes that would be perfect!!

  10. hockeyfan28 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Evidentially Bryz listened dude was lights out tonight

  11. officialgame - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Guess you can put that shovel back into storage in the rank marshland you call home .

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