The panic button is glowing redder and redder. Peter Laviolette already altered all of his lines after the team’s 0-2 start. Alas, it was to no avail.
The Devils struck first, as Salvador’s slapshot rebounded to an uncovered Travis Zajac. He tucked the rebound home, and for the third time in the first three games the Flyers were down 1-0. The Flyers began to put pressure on New Jersey, outshooting them 9-3 in the first period. Philadelphia also had the help of two powerplays within 20 seconds of one another.
Just as the Flyers had obtained momentum, however, the Devils struck again. On the powerplay, the Devils had knocked the stick out of Ilya Bryzgalov’s hand, and subsequently David Clarkson’s shot ended up in the net. It was helped in by Ruslan Fedotenko’s skate and past Bryzgalov for a 2-0 Devils lead heading into intermission.