Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 5/6/12

In order to stage any kind of comeback, you have to play with emotion in the NHL. The Flyers trail the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Semifinals 3 games to 1, and they have yet to play with any emotional intensity in this series.

The Flyers have been flat all series since Danny Briere scored an overtime game winner in the first game 1 of this series. No matter what has faced them, the Flyers have played the same emotionless brand of hockey. There has been no sense of urgency, and they have let the Devils dictate play all series.

It appears that all the intensity for the Flyers was spent in the series against Pittsburgh. Maybe the hatred of the Penguins fueled this team, and once they were gone there was nothing left to drive them. Or maybe the Devils, for some reason, just want it more. Nothing else really seems to make sense.

After the Flyers scored the game’s first two goals, one by Scott Hartnell on the power play, the other by Claude Giroux short-handed, it was all Devils. It took the Flyers until 17:00 minutes into the second period to even register a shot on goal. Much like in game 2.

Regardless, the Flyers can’t quite be counted out. Everyone remembers two years ago when the Flyers trailed the Boston Bruins 3-0 in the series and in game 7, yet somehow found the intestinal fortitude to win. I’m not sure that’s going to happen with this team, it’s a very steep mountain to climb now against a team that has far outplayed them.

Nothing has seemed to work in this series for the Flyers. No one has stepped up, and they have played a style devoid of any physical play. This team was once called the Broad St. Bullies for a reason. They intimidated opposing teams and imposed their will.

These Flyers need to remember their lineage and use the body. If the Devils are quicker and faster, then a couple of big hits could slow them down. And not the kind like you’ll see below when Claude Giroux took out his frustration on Dainius Zubrus in the second period last night.  This hit might actually wind up costing Giroux and the Flyers.  No word has come yet as to whether the NHL will review it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do.

The Flyers will return to their home ice on Tuesday night in hopes that they can pull out another miracle.

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