June 1, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. — Dainius Zubrus is 15 years removed from his first trip to the Stanley Cup finals, though he still feels the pain and heartache from that sweep in Detroit. He can recite the Flyers' route to the finals that spring, knocking off Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the Rangers in succession on their way to the Red Wings. He still gushes about beating the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals as a star-struck 18-year-old, just as his Devils did this year. "Mark Messier was there, Wayne Gretzky, Mike Richter, the list goes on and on," Zubrus said of that New York team the Flyers defeated in five games.
May 9, 2012 |
New Jersey Devils winger Dainius Zubrus won't be providing the Flyers any bulletin board material about the hit he took from Claude Giroux, who is suspended for tonight's Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers face elimination, trailing this best-of-seven series 3-1. Giroux was suspended after a high hit on Zubrus late during the second period of Game 4's 4-2 loss to the Devils. NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan said in an online video explanation that Giroux "delivered an illegal check to the head.
May 8, 2012 |
It is story time for the Flyers. They have to tell themselves tales of gritty comebacks and overcoming long odds. They have to believe those stories. Only then can the Flyers hope to write a story of their own. If they do, it will go something like this: There was a team that played as if under a spell for the first four games of a best-of-seven series. The guys skated hard, but their legs just wouldn't move. They knew just what to do, but they couldn't do it. They fell behind three games to one and faced a do-or-die situation.
May 7, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - It's hard to say which is worse, that Claude Giroux could be suspended for an elimination game or that the way the Flyers are playing, it barely seems to matter. You kept waiting for Giroux to make his mark on this second-round series, to take out his frustration on the New Jersey Devils. But an indefensible cheap shot from behind was not exactly what anyone had in mind. Giroux's sneak attack on Dainius Zubrus pretty much summed up where the Flyers are in this series.
May 4, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - The joy that Danny Briere showed after scoring the game-winning goal to open this series is long gone. He's angry now. Angry at himself. Angry at his fellow teammates on the power-play units. The headlines will say that Alex Ponikarovsky scored in overtime to give the Devils a 4-3 victory and a 2-1 series lead over the Flyers. Briere will say the game was decided before Ponikarovsky's goal. The Flyers were given two power-play chances in overtime and (obviously)
May 2, 2012
Players to watch FLYERS: Scott Hartnell The Flyers' leading scorer through the regular season with 37 goals has just two tallies in seven playoff games this spring. Hartnell's tireless work in the helped produce Claude Giroux's 15-point run, but it's time for Hartnell to get back on the score sheet. DEVILS: Ilya Kovalchuk He was held without a shot in Game 1 for the first time since Nov. 23, 2011. Kovalchuk was not available to meet the media on Monday.
March 3, 2012
Zach Parise notched a hat trick before a crunching hit from two players sent him to the locker room midway through the second period, and the New Jersey Devils snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Washington Capitals, 5-0, in Washington Friday night. Parise raised his total to a team-high 27 goals - including pairing with a somersaulting Dainius Zubrus for two that came 29 seconds apart - but left the game at 9 minutes, 40 seconds of the second period after being sandwiched between Washington forwards Matt Hendricks and Brooks Laich near the boards.
February 12, 2012
Scott Clemmensen stopped 27 shots against his former team, and Florida beat New Jersey, 3-1, in Newark. Florida stretched its Southeast Division-lead over Washington to two points. Jersey lost its second straight and remained in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. Elsewhere: Evgeni Malkin scored his 30th goal and dished out four assists as the Penguins whipped Winnipeg, 8-5, in Pittsburgh. . . . Taylor Hall scored 17 seconds into overtime and Edmonton got a 4-3 win at Ottawa.
February 6, 2012
While Ilya Kovalchuk refuses to take credit for the New Jersey Devils' surge since the all-star break, his teammates can see that the forward has elevated his game. Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists, and the Devils extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Anton Volchenkov, Dainius Zubrus, Zach Parise and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils, who remained perfect since the all-star break while equaling their season-best win streak.
November 3, 2011
Joffrey Lupul had three goals in a wild second period Wednesday night to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the New Jersey Devils , 5-3, in Newark, N.J. Lupul scored three times in a span of 7 minutes, 22 seconds against Martin Brodeur, who returned after missing six games with a bruised right shoulder. Joey Crabb and Mihkail Grabovski also had goals for the Leafs. The last time Lupul scored three goals in a game was Dec. 12, 2007, when he had six points for the Flyers against Pittsburgh.