Adam Larsson and David Clarkson scored their first goals of the postseason, and the New Jersey Devils posted a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, tying this Eastern Conference semifinals series at 1.
Larsson and Clarkson scored consecutive goals in the third period to rally the Devils past the Flyers and make up for the absence of Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils played without their regular-season leading scorer because of a lower body injury.
Travis Zajac added a late goal to make it 3-1, and Bryce Salvador scored a late empty-netter for the Devils.
Matt Read scored 2:53 into the game to give the Flyers hope they could jump to a commanding series lead. Instead, the offense went into a funk and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov couldn't protect the advantage.
Even without Kovalchuk, the Devils did what they wanted against Bryzgalov, taking close shots and dominating the play in the Flyers' zone.
They just couldn't score until the third.
Bryzgalov, who signed a $51 million, nine-year deal last summer, was especially stout in the second when he bailed out the Flyers' offense with a 12-save period. The Flyers went more than 18 minutes in the period before taking a shot on Martin Brodeur.
"I didn't sense frustration. We were comfortable with how we played the first two periods," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "And it was just a matter of keeping it going in the third, and the goals came."
* The Nashville Predators suspended forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for Game Three tonight (9 p.m., CNBC).
The Predators announced the suspensions Tuesday morning, and General Manager David Poile and coach Barry Trotz said the decision to punish the forwards for violating unspecified team rules was easy. The general manager is leaving the decision on whether the men return for Game Four on Friday night up to Trotz.
* Alex Ovechkin's ice time keeps shrinking in the playoffs, all the way down to a career-low 13 1/2 minutes in Game Two of the Washington Capitals' Eastern Conference semifinal against the New York Rangers.
Seems to be working so far. With the teams tied at a game apiece and shifting to Washington for Game Three tonight (7:30 p.m., NBCSN), a major topic of conversation is how little the two-time NHL MVP is playing.