The New Jersey Devils were finally rewarded for their offensive efforts in the third period of Tuesday night's Game 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers. They scored four goals in the final stanza to win 4-1 and tie the Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
Adam Larsson kicked off the Devils' scoring onslaught with a pretty shot to beat Ilya Bryzgalov glove side off an assist by Dainius Zubrus. Bryzgalov pitched a shutout through two periods with 25 saves, but finally wilted in the third period.
From there, David Clarkson and Travis Zajac added tallies within the next 11 minutes to give the Devils a 3-1 lead. The Flyers had played stout defense for most of the game, but looked a step slow in the final 20 minutes of regulation. They never got going offensively, putting 20 shots on net compared to 35 for New Jersey. Bryce Salvador capped the scoring with an empty-netter with less than three minutes to play.
The Devils fell behind 1-0 in the first period on an early goal by Matt Read that was poorly played by Martin Brodeur. The veteran goaltender sharpened up afterwards, however, and finished the game with 19 saves. The Devils were excellent on the penalty kill, frustrating the Flyers on all five of their chances.
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