Better With Popcorn

Link Checks 5/3/2012

After an embarrassing 4-1 loss (TCL Flyers) in their hometown on Tuesday, the Flyers will look to take control of the series again tonight in New Jersey.  The Devils showed they could also be resilient while they won in Philadelphia (SBNation Philly).  They made it clear that they could win in the Wells Fargo Center, but who cares?  The Flyers have played much better on the road this season so they don’t mind heading to New Jersey for at least a couple of games (The Inquirer).

The Devils simply worked a whole lot harder than the Flyers did in Game 2.  They won the board battles, all the races to the loose pucks, and back checked harder (TCL Flyers).  They limit the Flyers to one shot in the entire second period, and they were without star player Ilya Kovalchuk.  Kovalchuk is a game-time decision for tonight’s game, but he says he feels really good and it’s up to him as to whether he will play or not (TCL Flyers).  

The Flyers need to get back to their Broad Street Bully roots (The Inquirer) and just in general be a lot more physical than they were in the last game (CSNPhilly).  I’m sure they had a high-intensity level practice yesterday, while the Devils had the day off (CSNPhilly).

Despite getting absolutely dominated in Game 2, Laviolette is staying calm and not making a big deal out of it (Delco Times).  He knows they’ll just have to head back to the drawing board (Metro) and come out firing in Game 3.  A few roster adjustments wouldn’t hurt either (GCobb).  They just want to put Game 2 behind them (CSNPhilly) and show up big-time tonight (Orange and Black Pack).

It was a late night for hockey fans, especially for those supporting the Rangers and the Caps...

The game between the Rangers and Capitals went to triple overtime! The Rangers came out on top, as Gaborik lit the lamp at the 14:41 mark of the third overtime period (NHL.com).  The long game had fans sharing their stories about late playoff games (Crimespree Hockey).

There was one other game to be played and it was between the Coyotes and Predators.  The ‘Yotes were unable to put a stranglehold on the Preds as they lost 2-0 in Nashville (NHL.com).  Tonight, the Kings and Blues will face-off in L.A.. With a win in their home building, the Kings could take a 3-0 series lead (NHL.com).

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Kimmo Timo