The Philadelphia Flyers have been surrounded by drama all year long from start and now to finish. With the signing of Ray Emery, Chris Pronger, and Ian Laperriere the Flyers put a lot of chips on the table hoping to go right after the Stanley Cup instantly.
Chris Pronger oddly enough has won the Stanley Cup in the first year of every new team he has joined. The Flyers closed their season with a shoot-out win over the New York Rangers in what most called the most exciting and intense regular season game in years. The Flyers now go into the Playoffs knowing they have to face a commonly faced enemy in the New Jersey Devils.
The Flyers in five games they faced the Devils this year went 4-1 against New Jersey and outscored them 13-20. The Devils and the Flyers will be meeting for the fourth time in a Stanley Cup Playoff series. New Jersey has won two of the previous three postseason matchups — the 1995 and 2000 Conference Finals en route to capturing the Stanley Cup both seasons.
In 27 games with the Devils, left wing Ilya Kovalchuk finished with 10 goals, 27 points and a plus-9 rating. He leads all players in this series with 41 goals and 85 points. “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.”
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