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Devils Down Flyers Without Kovalchuk to Tie NHL Series at 1-1

May 02, 2012

The New Jersey Devils scored all their goals in the third period to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 and tie their National Hockey League second-round playoff series at one game apiece.

Adam Larsson, David Clarkson and Bryce Salvador got their first goals of the postseason, while Travis Zajac also scored at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for New Jersey, which lost the opener of the best-of-seven series 4-3 in overtime.

The Devils were without Ilya Kovalchuk, their regular- season top scorer who sat out last night’s game with what the team termed a lower body injury. Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur made 19 saves.

Matt Read put the Flyers ahead two minutes, 53 seconds into the game. The score remained unchanged until 3:08 into the third, when Larsson tied it.

Clarkson gave the Devils the lead for good eight minutes later, Zajac doubled the advantage less than three minutes later with his fifth postseason goal and Salvador made sure of the win with a shorthanded goal 2:51 from the end.

The teams now head to Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, for Games 3 and 4 on May 3 and 6.

Tonight, the New York Rangers resume their series against the Washington Capitals, which is tied at one game apiece, and the Los Angeles Kings host the St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 lead in games.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at dmcluskey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.


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