NHL Playoffs 2012: Philadelphia Flyers Got Another Wake-Up Call in Game 2
The Philadelphia Flyers took the ice for Game 2 against the New Jersey Devils looking to take a 2-0 series lead. The Flyers led most of the game 1-0, with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov fending off the Devils.
The Devils went on to score four third-period goals to win 4-1. But, it may not have been all bad for Philadelphia. The Flyers' Game 2 loss was needed just as much as their 10-3 loss to the Penguins.
The Philadelphia Flyers were the first team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a spot in the second round of the playoffs. The Flyers also knocked off the Stanley Cup favorite Pittsburgh Penguins.
At the start of the second round, the Flyers became the new favorite to win the Stanley Cup. With a new target on their back, and a solid performance in Game 1, the Flyers were feeling confident.
Game 2 started really well for the Flyers. The team appeared to have fixed its problems of getting off to a slow start, and Matt Read scored in the first three minutes to give Philadelphia an early lead.
The rest of the first period was evenly matched, but when the second period started, the game changed.
The Devils started to control the play, and the Flyers seemed to be content with the score. The second period was completely controlled by the Devils, and the Flyers only managed two shots in the entire period.
Bryzgalov played a strong game, but the onslaught of Devils shots was too much for him to fight off for three periods.
The Devils eventually scored to tie the game in the third period, and the Flyers couldn’t overcome the Devils' momentum.
The Devils would score three more times to make the score 4-1, and the Flyers ran out of time. The Flyers were able to develop some offensive pressure at the end of the game, but it was just too little, too late.
The Flyers needed to have a wake-up game just like the 10-3 beating they received from the Penguins in April.
If left unchecked, the Flyers have shown that they have the tendency to slip and become overconfident. Heading into Game 3, the Flyers have been reminded that they are not invincible.
The team responded well to the last time it had a wake-up call, and hopefully, it can respond again.
The Flyers have as much talent as any team in the playoffs, but their success will be dependent on their mindset.
During the day off, the team hopefully realized that it gave away Game 2 and will avoid making the same mistake again.
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