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Parise thinking positive for Game 5

Wednesday, 04.21.2010 / 4:41 PM / 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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51