Morning Stanley Cup of Joe – May 2, 2012
NEW JERSEY 4, PHILADELPHIA 1; series tied 1-1
The Devils scored four goals in the third period and outshot the Flyers,
35-20, to overcome an early deficit and even the series as it shifts to New
A countdown of the night’s best moments, from a veteran ending a scoring
drought to a rookie making his presence felt in his postseason debut.
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MAKING IT COUNT
Rookie Adam Larsson, who was a healthy scratch for 13 of New Jersey’s last
14 games, scored the tying goal in the third period, becoming only the
second defenseman in team history – and first since Craig Wolanin in 1988 –
to score in his postseason debut (rookie or other). Larsson was inserted
into the lineup Tuesday afternoon after Ilya Kovalchuk was scratched with a
lower-body injury. Selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 NHL
Draft, the 19-year-old skated in 65 games during the regular season,
totaling 18 points (two goals, 16 assists).
New Jersey’s David Clarkson, who scored a career-high 30 goals during the
regular season, pounced on a loose puck for his first tally of the playoffs
– the eventual winner. An undrafted free agent who signed with the Devils
in 2005, Clarkson has seven points (one goal, six assists) in nine playoff
games. He ranked fifth on the team with 46 points during the regular
The Devils denied the Flyers on each of their five power-play
opportunities, limiting Philadelphia to one shot on goal with the man
advantage. New Jersey established a modern NHL record with an 89.6% penalty
kill efficiency during the regular season, but had struggled during the
playoffs, entering Tuesday’s action with a 69.7% kill rate. On the other
hand, Philadelphia entered Tuesday’s game with the best power play in the
League, scoring on 13-of-29 attempts (44.8%), including a goal in each of
its first seven playoff games.
SCORE FIRST = LOSE?
The Flyers fell to 1-3 when scoring first during the postseason. In fact,
in Philadelphia’s eight playoff games, the team that has scored first has
gone on to win only once (the Flyers in Game 6 of their opening-round
series against the Penguins). Philadelphia is 4-0 when its opponent notches
the first goal, including a victory in Game 1 against New Jersey.
FLYERS ROOKIES RISE ABOVE
Rookie Matt Read scored Philadelphia’s lone goal, his third of the
playoffs. Flyers freshmen have combined for nine goals in the postseason;
rookies on the 15 other playoff teams have combined for 12.
SALVADOR ENDS DROUGHT
New Jersey’s Bryce Salvador scored a shorthanded empty-net goal to end a
112-game goal drought (regular season and playoffs) dating to March 10,
DID YOU KNOW?
The Devils had never scored four goals in a single period of a road playoff
game prior to Tuesday. Their previous record was three, accomplished 15
times, most recently on April 28, 2003 in the second period at the Tampa
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SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Washington, Game 3
series tied 1-1, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Phoenix @ Nashville, Game 3
PHX leads series 2-0, 9:00 p.m., CNBC, TSN, RDSI
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