Devils/Flyers Game 2
Watching the Devils play the Flyers in game 2 of the series reminded me of two things. First of which is that I am still not over the Pens losing. Having said that, secondly the Devils are so much more defensively sound than the Penguins were against the Flyers. Part of this I feel is the Devils size. Philly is a big team and the Devils can more easily match their size advantage compared to the Pens.
I was a little worried for Jersey going into the 3rd period with a 1-0 Philly lead. I think the biggest surprise for any true hockey fan was Adam Larsson. Adam scored the first of four goals in the 3rd period for the Devils. This was Larsson’s first ever NHL playoff appearance and he delivered when necessary. On the scoring shift Zubrus was first on the scene after Philly’s goaltender gave up a juicy rebound. Everyone watching this game thought that Zubrus was going to bring the puck back to his forehand and let it go, but instead he leaves it for the trailing Larsson coming in for support. Not only did Larsson bury the puck, but he did it with authority beating Bryzgalov shortside top self.
Also the Devils just beat the Flyers without their season leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk (encouraging thought).