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Link Checks 4/30/2012

The Flyers and Devils, who have a history in the playoffs (BroadStreetBlogs), started another playoff series.  

Another slow start, another comeback.  It’s been the Flyers motto for just about the whole season.

This time, though, the Flyers had an excuse for a slow start, as they hadn’t played in a week, while the Devils played just three nights before.  The boys in Orange and Black shook off the rust though (The Inquirer) and won the opening game of the series in OT, 4-3 (TCL Flyers).  It was another afternoon game, something the Flyers dreaded all regular season.  It’s been much different in the postseason though, as they’ve won three playoff games that are played before 7:00PM (TCL Flyers).

Danny Briere lives up to his name of ‘Mr. Playoffs’ year after year.  In Sunday afternoon’s matinee, he scored the first goal, and the more important overtime goal.  He just simply owns the playoffs (TCL Flyers).  For the final goal, Briere did have help from teammate James van Riemsdyk who screened Brodeur.  

JVR is at it again, standing out (The Hockey Guys) and looking to be back in postseason form (TCL Flyers).  He scored a goal himself.  Giroux, who was surprisingly was left off the Hart Memorial Trophy ballot (TCL Flyers), scored the other Flyers’ goal.

Another player who really showed up was Eric Wellwood (Daily News).  He’s a rising, young star and only looks to be getting better.  On the other side, Jaromir Jagr is old, and only looks to have a few years left in him.  His age looks to be catching up to him.  In the Czech Republic though, he’s a superhero (Flyers Faithful).

There was one other game yesterday, and it was between the Coyotes and Predators...

The ‘Yotes are shocking all the ‘experts,’ as they’ve beaten the Preds not only once, but twice.  Mike Smith has been great, and the Coyotes have a legitimate chance at being in the Conference Finals (NHL.com).

The Capitals and Rangers will play tonight, after the Rangers took a 1-0 series lead on Saturday (NHL.com).  The Caps need to turn their offense up a notch against the much more defensive Rangers (RLD Hockey).  The Kings are also up 1-0 in their series, and they’ll be looking to make it 2-0 tonight vs the Blues (NHL.com).

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