Noteworthy is a feature blatantly ripped off from Trey Kerby and The Basketball Jones crew that catches you up on everything you need to know from the night before in the NHL.
Only one game was played yesterday, but it was a gooder. Here’s all the fun stats and facts from that contest.
Flyers/Devils, Devils won 4-1
Tilted ice: The Devils took it to Philly yesterday, even without their big gun Ilya Kovalchuk. At one point in the second period, the Flyers went 18 minutes without a shot (New Jersey had 12 in that span). The Devils scored on Bryzgalov three times and he still was named first star – it was in Philly, sure, but it still says something about who was dictating the play.
Poorly-timed outage: The Flyers power operated at over a 50% clip in round one against the Penguins, but as the fancy-stat folks (and reasonable humans) will point out, that’s not sustainable. They went 0 for 5 last night, and are now 1 for 11 in the series.
Young guns: Calder Trophy finalist Adam Henrique just refuses to take his foot off that gas: he had an apple, was plus two, took four shots, played nearly 22 minutes and mixed in a blocked shot and two hits. And, 19-year old Adam Larsson got into his first ever playoff game and sniped top corner for, obviously, his first-ever post-season goal.
Planking?: David Clarkson scored a goal he quite enjoyed, crashing into the net and winding up on top of it. Well, he wound up folded over it, so he proceeded to superman on top of the net for a decent amount of time:
Get him out of there: I don’t know who Patrick Elias is taking all his face-offs against so far in this series, but he went an absolutely rank 6-for-18 in game one, and 6-for-17 in game two. 12/35′s good, right?
AHL teams are clearly eliminated: For those keeping track of this fun stat I’ve been following, the Flyers have 17 black aces (scratched players they have called up for playoffs), and the Devils have 19. Getting very close to an entire AHL roster at this point.
Best gotta be your best: In the absence of Ilya Kovalchuck, the Devils other best players stepped up. Zach Parise had an assist, was a plus, and had four shots, while Travis Zajac had a goal (a nice one too), was plus two, and had three shots.
Lopsided: Misconducts make the big difference, but the Flyers took 32 PIMS to the Devils 12, including Wayne Simmond racking up more than he did minutes played.
Other notable things: James Van Riemsdyk wasn’t very good – he was dash three – and Braden Schenn was. Schenn is really, really good, as an obvious observation for you. He had a nice assist and was a plus player last night – he needs more than 11:30 of ice time, in this guy’s opinion. And last…
Moving pictures: This is what it looked like: