Flyers Make Devils' Opener Hell, Win 5-2

[Recap] [Boxscore] [NJD Reaction]

Playing their second game in two nights after a convincing opener, it would have been easy for the Flyers to have a let down tonight in Newark.

But instead the Flyers hung tough early and never looked back, twice leading by four before eventually settling for a 5-2 victory over the Devils.

Some assorted thoughts from the second game of the season:

  • Five goals from five different Flyers.  Any lingering concerns about the scoring depth feared lost with the departures or Lupul and Knuble? Jeff Carter and Mike Richards each scored their second, while Ian Laperriere, Darroll Powe, and Matt Carle each netted their first.
  • Ray Emery looked more lucky than good for a lot of the Carolina game, but for the first fifty minutes of this game he was a lot more great than lucky.  He fell ten minutes and two goals short of being the first goalie to open the season with two shutouts since Roberto Luongo did it for Florida in 2005, but it's still a start to be proud of.  He looked a little rattled, potentially with Florida but once the first goal came, the second was pretty soft.  Here's hoping the confidence he started with wasn't undermined by that third period.
  • No goals for JVR yet, but two more assists puts his point total for the season at 3.  Averaging more than a point per game to start an NHL career is none too shabby.
  • Martin Brodeur was absolutely awful in what was his 1,000th career game.  Pretty sure the Flyers aren't gonna lose much sleep over spoiling that milestone.
  • Dan Carcillo is a lot more known for taking penalties than drawing them, but he did a great job tonight of being a pest and putting the Devils' Johnny Oduya in the box, one night after drawing three penalties against Carolina.  If he can keep drawing calls like that, it should help to make up for some of the ones he gets against him.
  • It was more than just Carcillo who looked good tonight--the whole fourth line of Carcillo-Betts-Laperriere was incredibly solid.  It's gonna be tough for Arron Asham or Riley Cote to get playing time anytime soon with those guys in front of them.
  • So much for the Flyers' prowess in the shorthanders category.  After going eighty-one games before surrendering a shorthanded goal last season, the Flyers only went one game before giving up a shorthanded goal this season.  The Flyers also haven't gotten any SHGs of their own yet after a league leading sixteen last year, but it's still early.
  • There are worse things than losing focus once obtaining a four-goal lead, but it still would've been nice to play that last half of the third more solidly. 

The dream is still alive.  82-0, baby.

Questions answered (and video) after the jump:

Questions Answered:

  1. The energy will certainly be in the house to start the game. With the Flyers playing last night, they could be a little fatigued, so do they allow the Devils to dictate the pace at the start? The Devils started out stronger, but the Flyers took a lead in the first and never looked back.  Fatigue didn't look to be much of an issue.
  2. These two teams play vastly different styles. Returning coach Jacques Lemaire is known for his defensive style, while the Flyers are obviously a very up-tempo, offensive team. In these cases, the team that forces the other team to play their style usually comes out on top. Which team is successful in doing that? The Flyers kept this game pretty quick, and the Devils didn't seem particularly intent on slowing things down.
  3. The penalties. Make it stop? Not perfect, but much better.  Only five minors, including one too many men on the ice and one on Emery for playing the puck outside the trapezoid.
  4. How's Emery hold up on back-to-back nights? Fatigue definitely didn't seem to be an issue for him.  He looked sharper tonight than yesterday for most of the game, despite giving up two.

Highlights:

 

John Stevens' post-game press conference:

Locker Room Interviews with JVR, Laperriere, and Richards:

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