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Parise thinking positive for Game 5

Wednesday, 04.21.2010 / 4:41 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Parise thinking positive for Game 5
Zach Parise has no illusions about the tough position the Devils are in. It’s win or go home for Jersey’s Team, which hosts the Philadelphia Flyers for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Thursday.

The Devils lost, 4-1, at Wachovia Center on Tuesday, and trail the best-of-seven series, 3-1.

“There’s really not much that has to be said,” Parise told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts before Wednesday’s practice. “The only thing we can do is play hard the next game. Hopefully you win this next home game, all of a sudden there’s a little more pressure on them, and hopefully we can get a Game 7 at home. We have to play [Thursday] like we don’t want our season to end.”

Parise set up Ilya Kovalchuk first-period power-play goal to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead before the Flyers notched the next four.

Sparking hope for a rally is that the Flyers will be without Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne in Game 5. Both players took shots off the foot in Game 4, and their absences could be the edge the Devils need to stave off a third straight first-round elimination.  

They’re two of Philadelphia’s top forwards. Carter got his first points of the series with a pair of power-play goals and an assist on Tuesday. Gagne has two assists, and saw his bid for his first goal of the series robbed by Martin Brodeur’s unforgettable save in the second period.

The daunting task ahead of the Devils? To win three straight against a team that has beaten them in eight of 10 meetings this season. New Jersey has rallied before from a 3-1 hole versus Brian Boucher and the Flyers, coming back to win their 2000 Eastern Conference Final series in seven.

Parise says the team needs to apply a full 60 minutes of pressure.

“We’ll play well against them for a period, period and a half, and it’s almost as if they push and we don’t push back,” Parise told WFAN. “The last two games we’ve gotten an early lead on the them, and then it’s kind of just like we wait and see; wait for them to do something so we can react. It’s kind of weird, but teams match up differently against different teams. They’ve had our number all year this year, kind of like we had Pittsburgh’s too. It’s funny how teams line up against each other.”

There are five remaining members from the 2000 squad that rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals: Brodeur, Patrik Elias, Jay Pandolfo and Colin White. Their experience has Parise believing anything is possible.

“It has happened before and that’s something we have to look back on,” he said. “It is possible. It’s just not over until one team wins the fourth game. We’ve got to come in with that mentality that we can still do this. We’ve won three games in a row a bunch this season. We’ve got to have that mentality and that cockiness that we can come back and win this, and it’s going to be tough for them to win the fourth one.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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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