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PK answers bell in Game 2

Saturday, 04.17.2010 / 12:29 AM / 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 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 43 10 17 -1 27
J. Jagr 46 10 16 -12 26
M. Cammalleri 38 16 7 -2 23
P. Elias 40 6 15 -13 21
M. Zidlicky 50 4 16 -8 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
S. Gomez 26 4 13 -6 17
S. Bernier 35 8 8 3 16
T. Zajac 42 8 8 -6 16
M. Havlat 32 5 8 -9 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 2 3 3 .919 2.34
C. Schneider 17 19 5 .922 2.36