Posted May 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 perception. Because, with Game 3 on tap Thursday at the Prudential Center, this series is tied, 1-1. The Devils not only showed they could play with the Flyers in splitting the first two games in Philadelphia; they could easily be leading 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. They lost Game 1 in overtime, 4-3, and dominated Game 2, 4-1, on Tuesday despite playing without leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk.

Kovalchuk's return plays crucial role in Devils' OT victory

"You're adding our leading scorer, one of the top five scorers in the League, so I think it can't do anything but help."Boy, Devils head coach Peter DeBoer was pretty spot on with his assessment at Thursday morning's media session of the return of Ilya Kovalchuk, wasn't he?Kovalchuk was reportedly hindered by a herniated disc in his lower back since midway...

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.

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: Devils Don't Quit - Series Tied 1-1

  "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...

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...

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' 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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