Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Adam Larsson Leads the Assault Against the Flyers

Robert TheodorsonSenior Analyst IMay 2, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 01:  Adam Larsson #5 (C) of the New Jersey Devils scores at 3:08 of the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers and is joined by Adam Henrique #14 (L) and Peter Harrold #10 (R) in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Devils defeated the Flyers 4-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Something had to give.

The Devils were firing shot after shot against the Philadelphia Flyers' Ilya Bryzgalov to no avail. The chances were good, but nothing seemed to break the big Russian.

Going into the third period down by a goal, the Devils bought what coach Peter DeBoer was selling. If they stuck to their guns, something good was about to happen, and it did.

Adam Larsson, the team's first-round pick last year, sat in the press box for all seven games against the Florida Panthers, and the first against the Flyers.

It would take an injury to New Jersey's top sniper, Ilya Kovalchuk, for Larsson to even get a shot in the postseason, and he had himself a field day.

Three minutes into the third period, Larsson took a soft pass from Dainus Zubrus, calmly skated up the right wing, and let fly a sweet wrister that beat Bryzgalov over the shoulder. The goal would be the first of four goals the Devils would go on to score that period.

After a hard-fought seven game series against the Panthers without a goal, David Clarkson also netted his first of the playoffs. Cleaning up a Zach Parise rebound, Clarkson lifted the goal and himself over Bryzgalov.

Larsson ended his postseason debut with a goal, a +2 rating, 2 shots on goal, a team leading 5 hits, and just over 18 minutes of ice time.