We can’t imagine the Devils are terribly happy with the shootout result in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
If there’s one lower seed New Jersey would have surely liked to avoid, it was the Flyers, who won five of six games in the season series this year.
“They controlled us pretty well,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner told The Bergen Record. “They stomped us the first game [5-2 on opening night] and we didn’t play well in their building too many times. We’ve got to understand what they do and be ready for that. I don’t think we did that during the regular season.”
It’s the first postseason meeting between the old Patrick Division rivals since the Flyers prevailed in 2004. New Jersey won the two previous playoff series in 2000 (remembered best for Scott Stevens’ hit on Eric Lindros) and 1995.