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ECQ Game Four: Devils Look To Even The Series

The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (1-1-1) face off against the Philadelphia Flyers (2-1-0). This is the fourth game in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The Flyers lead, 2-1.

Series Scope: Daniel Carcillo scored the overtime winner in game three, knocking home a rebound from a Mike Richards’ shot for his first goal of the series. With the win, the Flyers extended their record to 3-0 over the Devils in overtime playoff games. Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur dropped to 0-4 in his last four playoff starts in Philadelphia. The Flyers are 21-9 when winning game three of a series, and the Devils are 3-13 when dropping game three. The Flyers have also defeated the Devils’ in seven of nine meetings this season.

Tonight’s Matchup: The Devils can only go up from their awful performance in the third period and overtime of game three. The Devils were outshot, 12-3, and the only reason the Flyers didn’t blow them out of the water was because of the play of Brodeur. He turned in a vintage Brodeur performance, turning back several great Flyers’ scoring chances. Without him, the Devils would have left the ice with their tails between their legs.

With that being said, the Devils need to stick to what’s been working for them. They’ve scored the first goal in each of the past two games, so getting out of the gate quickly would be a plus. Also, the team needs to continue playing a solid, physical game. They did a solid job of cutting down on the penalties of game two, and they seem to have found the line between physical play and penalty. But there are several things the team can do better.

The Devils need to come out aggressive and slightly desperate. This game could determine the entire series, and the Devils should be playing for their playoff lives. They need to fight for every loose puck and convert on their opportunities. The Devils should be embarrassed of their play in the latter part of game three, and an aggressive, attacking style would go a long way to erasing that. The powerplay also needs to apply more pressure. Philadelphia will give the Devils chances, and not being able to put pressure on net has hurt the Devils so far. They don’t need to tally on every single chance, but they should make the penalty killers work. Finally, the team needs to put more pressure on Brian Boucher. In game two, the Devils made him move and make difficult saves, and they beat him for four goals. He’s a good goalie, but he’s no Brodeur. Making him move and pressuring him should yield some great results.

Coming into tonight’s game, Brodeur believes the Devils have reason to be confident. But, he agrees that the Devils need to come out aggressive.

“We have to feel pretty good,” Brodeur said to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. “We go out there and compete and it’s not like we’re getting outplayed or anything. There’s just little things in our game that need to be better;. We need to be a little more intense. If you don’t feel it in a situation like that, we’ll never feel it. So, it’s going to say a lot about our team after this game.”

Game time is 7:30 p.m., and you can catch all the action on MSG Plus, Comcast Sportsnet or WFAN Radio. Join The Devils’ Den for a live game blog, beginning tonight at 7:15 p.m.!

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