Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/2/12
The look etched on the countenance of Bryce Salvador was not one of relief. It was the look of a man who recognized his team had received an 11th-hour pardon. And now, instead of certain death, Salvador and the New Jersey Devils have life. "We're doing everything we can to buy time so [Ilya Kovalchuk] can come back to the lineup," Salvador said, a cat-that-ate-the-canary grin creasing his face, after the Devils' 4-1 win over Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia in Game 2 without their injured sniper. The Eastern Conference semifinals series is tied 1-1 as the venue shifts to Newark's Prudential Center for the next two games. Game 3 is Thursday night. "We responded well," Zach Parise said afterward. You could say that. Despite spotting the Flyers a 1-0 lead on Matt Read's bullet 2:53 into the game, it was the Devils who played as if they had everything to lose. It is only because they did. Kovalchuk was not with his teammates. The superstar left wing was 90 miles to the north,...
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