NHL Playoffs 2012: 8 Takeaways from the Devils' Series Win over the Flyers

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 8 Takeaways from the Devils' Series Win over the Flyers
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The New Jersey Devils eliminated the Philadelphia Flyers with a 3-1 victory in Tuesday night's Game 5.

Many hockey fans and experts alike viewed the Devils as heavy underdogs coming into the second-round series. After the Flyers dismantled the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 1 and then took Game 1 against New Jersey in overtime, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Flyers would advance.

However, the Devils stormed back and won the next four games of the series, shocking Philadelphia with a system that frustrated them both offensively and defensively.

This series revealed a lot not only about the two teams involved, but also about the playoffs overall. Here are eight things we can take away from the Devils' series win over the Flyers. 

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