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PK answers bell in Game 2

Saturday, 04.17.2010 / 12:29 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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PK answers bell in Game 2
Parise's SHG gave Devils the all-important first goal in Game 2.
Devils penalty killers were one of the keys in Game 2, limiting the Flyers to two power-play goals in seven chances with the man advantage. New Jersey secured a 5-3 win to even its first-round series at a game apiece.

It started with Martin Brodeur, who stopped Philadelphia's top scoring threats at key points in the game. He had two second-period PK saves on Jeff Carter and another on Simon Gagne.

"Gutsy, that’s the bottom line," Brodeur said. "We showed a lot of character, a lot of poise, blocked shots, surviving. That’s playoff hockey. We really showed that we’re able to do that, and I think maybe we showed to each other more than to anyone else that when you’re intense, things will happen."

Zach Parise's shorthanded goal put the Devils ahead in the first period and set an early tone. Patrik Elias's pressure on Matt Carle forced him to mishandle the puck, and Elias sent Parise in alone for a backhander past Brian Boucher's blocker.

"Unbelievable saucer [pass] by me,” Elias joked. “I thought we did a great job on the PK. We were aggressive, we kept it short, kind of read off each other, and when we had a chance, we went. Sometimes it’s hard. I know when I’m on the power play and you have guys on the PK who can be a threat, you have to be cautious.

"I saw that [Carle] was trying to open up for the one-timer. I faked like I was going to poke it, and he kind of hesitated on that and just didn’t know what to do. He got caught up in the middle and didn’t know what to do. Puck went by him, Zach read it great, and we both jumped on it. Great, great move on his part."

Jacques Lemaire said it was the difference between the win in Game 2, and the 2-1 loss in Game 1.

"Definitely the penalty kill," said the head coach. "I think we did a pretty good job considering they scored on the [4-on-3], and we scored a goal on the power play [Andy Greene] and one shorthanded. I think the guys battled well. We got too many penalties at different times. But these types of games will happen." 

Colin White, who took two interference calls, including one 5:31 into the third, said discipline will be even more important as the series moves to Philadelphia for Sunday's Game 3.

"Especially going into their building, you don’t want any momentum changes or anything like that," he said. "But they’re going to happen so you just have to be prepared for them."

The feeling after the game was that the Devils were whistled for calls that could've gone either way.

"I can't talk about it," Lemaire joked at the end of his press conference. "I would love to. But I cannot talk about it."
 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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