Found May 02, 2012 on Running With The Devils:
  "Tonight I'm planking but on Thursday it's all about Tebowing!!"   You couldn’t escape the fact that Ilya Kovalchuk wasn’t in the lineup last night, mainly because Pierre Maguire and Kenny Albert weren’t going to let us forget. Guess what, it didn’t matter. The Devils worked hard all night and found a way to get the job done. They kept their frustration levels in check as Bryzgalov seemed to answer everything the Devils threw at him in the first 2 periods.The Devils kept at it and eventually solved the Philly netminder and put 4 unanswered goals past him (ok, one was an empty net goal). In his post-game interview, DeBoer was asked if he was surprised how the Devils responded without their sniper. “I really felt we would respond like this,” proud Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “It’s not more than I expected. It is what I expected. I knew we’d be better than Game 1. I think there were some obvious reasons why we ran out of gas a little in Game 1. I knew we’d bo...

Devils F Ilya Kovalchuk to miss Game 2

New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk will miss Tuesday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers with an undisclosed injury.

Kovalchuck Undergoing Physical Therapy

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk was not available to meet with the media following the team’s video meeting this afternoon. A team spokesperson said Kovalchuk had gone to “therapy” and will be meeting up with the Devils later today in Philadelphia. He will apparently not be joining the team on its bus ride to Philadelphia this afternoon for...

Leaders lift Devils in Game 3 over Flyers

As the saying goes, it's playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back, that's most crucial for success in the NHL playoffs. But in the case of the New Jersey Devils, it seems the additional letter on the front -- the "C" or "A" stitched into the upper left corner, just above the heart -- means a little something extra, too...

Kovalchuk Out Tonight

via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger, Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk will miss Game 2 of the team’s second-round playoff series with the Philadelphia Flyers because of a lower body injury, general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed. Kovalchuk suffered what is believed to be a leg muscle injury, or possibly a groin-related problem, and is not with the team. He was examined by a doctor...

Game 2: May Day - Kovy's Out

Here we go…GAME 2!! It’s been a pretty busy morning around the New Jersey Devils as they prepare for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers. News came out this morning that Ilya Kovalchuk will be out of tonight’s game with an undisclosed injury. This, only days after telling reporters that he was fine. I said it early into the Panthers...

Minus a Devilish foe, the Flyers look to maintain status quo

The big news surfacing out of Philadelphia this morning reverberated through the hockey-sphere quicker than a piece of glass can hit the floor of a New York Knicks visiting locker room: Ilya Kovalchuk will miss Game 2 due to a lower body injury sustained in the first round. This vicarious bit of news surely bodes well for a Flyers team already riding high with a 1-0 lead that came...

Todd Cordell: Devils hot start wasn't enough as Briere leads the Flyers to an OT victory

Yesterday afternoon the New Jersey Devils took on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, but the Devils failed to accomplish what they did in the first round, and that's winning Game 1. Here are some notes and thoughts on the game. - Can some fans and members of the media stop pretending Ilya Kovalchuk is playing at 100 percent? He says he is, but...

Flyers Have Their Backs Against the Wall After OT Loss

It was to be their final line change of the game. With Erik Gustaffson and Brayden Schenn caught, Ilya Kovalchuk launched a nifty long pass down the ice and found Alexei Ponikarovsky streaking toward the net 1-on-1 against Andreas Lilja. He took one shot that Bryzgalov stopped, but the puck bounced back to him and he slid it into the net for an overtime winner. Just like that the...

Devils won't be a pushover to Flyers in Round 2

After Philadelphia rolled over Pittsburgh in the opening round of the playoffs, there was a perception that the Flyers would be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Getting by New Jersey in the second round seemingly was a given after the No. 6 seed Devils needed seven games - and two overtimes in the last contest - to knock off Florida. Well, it's time to revise that...

Devils' OT victory gives them 2-1 series lead

NEWARK, N.J. - The Devils' Alexei Ponikarovsky went to the net when a couple of Flyers decided to go to the bench. His instinctive move paid off. Ponikarovsky scored with 2:39 left in overtime, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in Game 3 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Devils took advantage of...

Devils 4, Flyers 3 (OT)

NEWARK, N.J. -- Alexei Ponikarovsky scored with 2:39 left in overtime, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in Game 3 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Devils took advantage of a poor line change by the Flyers, and Ilya Kovalchuk sent a stretch pass to Ponikarovsky. His first shot was stopped by Ilya Bryzgalov...

Morning Skate: May 4

The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Devils 4, Flyers 3 (OT)Kings 4, Blues 2RLD 3 stars of the night:1. Alex Ponikarovsky, NJ (1 goal, 1 assist)2. Ilya Kovalchuk, NJ (1 goal, 2 assists)3. Drew Doughty, LA (1 goal, 2 assists)---Tonight’s slate:Coyotes @ Predators, 7:30 ET, Game 4#3 Phoenix Coyotes @ #4 Nashville PredatorsGame 4… 7:30 ET… TV: NBC Sports Network, TSNSeries...
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