Game Two was a game the New Jersey Devils absolutely needed. The home team made sure they got that all-important victory tonight.
The second game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils started oddly, and ended even odder. Zach Parise scored a short handed goal on the Flyers’ first power play of the game to give the Devils a 1-0 lead not even five minutes into the game. The Flyers eventually battled back to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
However, the Parise short handed goal was a sign of bad things to come on the Flyers’ power play. Although some would argue that the Orange and Black wouldn’t have even been in the game had it not been for the man advantage (the Flyers went 2 for 7), others, including this writer, say that the five missed opportunities against a team that took an uncharacteristically large amount of penalties tonight did the visitors in. Of course, had the Flyers converted on one more, they would have had the lead in the third period, and likely could have taken the game. In retrospect, however, it’s hard to argue with the Flyers’ effort the last two games in New Jersey.
Aside from the lone defensive glaring mistake tonight – having Oskars Bartulis and Ryan Parent as a pairing ON THE ICE with less than five minutes left – the Flyers played two very strong road games at The Rock and should have confidence in New Jersey as this series moves forward. Of course, now the Flyers have to kick it up a notch as the series shifts to Philadelphia, where the Flyers are going to be raring to lay the smackdown upon their series counterparts. Regardless, it is a 1-1 series, and the Flyers can once again gain the upper hand with a victory on Sunday night. They’ve been playing well recently, but it will need to come together Sunday if the Flyers are to remain in control of this series. I apologize for the short recap, but, you know, not much to be said. The Flyers can play better, we all know it. Hopefully that comes to fruition in Philly.