|Seriously, how could I not make this the cover picture for the series?|
Here’s the beauty of the playoffs: both the Devils and the Flyers are coming off emotional, physical and at times crazy series (for many different reasons), but it’s time to quickly forget the past and get ready for the next series. Of course, these two division rivals know each other very well, and they’re about to get even more familiar with each other. It’s the #5 Flyers and the #6 Devils, and the winner will reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
First of all, let’s quickly recap what happened between the Devils and Panthers. Many people thought this would be a quick series and that the more skilled Devils would blow by the Panthers. I picked the Devils to win in 5, but everyone who knows either team knew that it would be a tough series, and it was just that. The Florida Panthers’ first trip to the playoffs since 2000 was a very competitive series. They gave the Devils everything they could handle, and were one goal in double-overtime of Game 7 away from knocking off the Devils.
The Devils played one of the best periods of hockey you’ll ever see in Game 1 against Florida. They scored three times, had 26 shots on goal and established themselves as a true force in the series. While they didn’t score after the first period of Game 1, they held on to win 3-2 and took the lead in the series. They played a bit of a lackadaisical Game 2 until the third period, when they attempted to overcome a 3-0 deficit with two quick goals early in the third, but fell short, 4-2.