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NHL Playoffs 2012: Last Night in the East (May 1)

New Jersey Devils 4 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Series Tied at 1)
The Philadelphia Flyers took the momentum from their NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1 win over the New Jersey Devils into the first period of last night’s matchup.

The first period was dominated by the Flyers’ speed and physicality we’ve come to expect from the team in these playoffs.  The only goal of the period (and, ironically, the only goal for the team) would also come from Philadelphia just short of three minutes in with a snap-shot from Matt ReadMartin Brodeur would be steadfast from then on out and stop Philadelphia’s 15 remaining shots.

The second period would begin the Flyers’ downward spiral through the end of the game looking sloppy and sluggish and, perhaps, showing the first sign of playoff fatigue.  Neither team scored, but both teams played they’re most disciplined hockey with the least amount of penalties through three periods (only two).

The Devils owned the third period scoring all four of their goals and holding the Flyers to their one.  Goals came from Adam Larsson, David Clarkson, and Travis ZajacBryce Salvador placed an exclamation mark on New Jersey’s statement for the period (and the game) with the fourth goal which was a short-handed, empty-netter he shot from the Flyers offensive end after they had pulled Ilya Bryzgalov with 2:51 left in the game.  It was Salvador’s first goal since March 10, 2010 (a total of 112 games, including playoffs), according to NHL.com.

The series now heads to New Jersey on Thursday for Game 3 where they hope to keep the momentum for a chance to take the lead over Philadelphia.

Tonight:
#1 New York at #7 Washington (Series Tied 1-1) at 7:30 PM (EST) on NBCSN

In the West:
#3 Phoenix at #4 Nashville (Nashville Leads Series 2-0) at 9:00 PM (EST) on CNBC

Previous Posts (East):
Last Night in the East (April 11)
Last Night in the East (April 16)
Last Night in the East (April 17)
Last Night in the East (April 18)
Last Night in the East (April 19)
Last Night in the East (April 22)
Last Night in the East (April 23)
Last Night in the East (April 24)

Previous Posts (West):
Last Night in the West (April 11)
Last Night in the West (April 12)
Last Night in the West (April 13)
Last Night in the West (April 14)
Last Night in the West (April 15)
Last Night in the West (April 16)
Last Night in the West (April 17)
Last Night in the West (April 18)
Last Night in the West (April 19)
Last Night in the West (April 20)
This Weekend in the West (April 21-22)
Last Night in the West (April 23)

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins columnist for Rant Sports. If you enjoy her articles / posts, you can follow her on Twitter, check out her personal Facebook page (via Networked Blogs), visit her personal Tumblr page, or stop by her Pinterest page.