2010 NHL playoffs: Devils and Sens in big trouble

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Game 4 in a seven game series can be a big one, momentum wise, especially with teams holding a 2-1 advantage coming into it. For the New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators, their answers in their respective Game 4 match-ups against the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins leave a lot to be desired.

The Devils dropped their Game 4 4-1 to the Flyers, coming up very small at a time when they needed a big game from just about everyone involved. Ilya Kovalchuk got the scoring started in the game netting a 5-on-3 power play goal to get New Jersey out front early 1-0 but that would be all the Devils would get the rest of the night. 

Jeff Carter would score his first of two power play goals on the night at 9:08 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1. Danny Briere would score at the 17:27 mark of the second to put Philly ahead for good 2-1. Dan Carcillo scored his second goal of the playoffs in the third to make it 3-1 and pour salt in the wound of Devils fans. Carter’s second goal made it 4-1 batting home a Chris Pronger rebound. Brian Boucher was solid in net once again for Philly stopping 30 or 31 shots. Martin Brodeur, despite making a few remarkable stops, was underwhelming stopping 24 of 28 shots in the loss.

As for the Senators, you might as well introduce them before Game 5 as “dead men walking” as the Penguins finally have their game rolling and the Senators mediocre goaltending is doing them no favors as the Penguins rolled to a 7-4 win. After a wild second period, the Penguins buckled down and limited opportunities in the third as the teams each added one more tally and the Senators did their part to try and stir things up physically to no avail. Ottawa trotted out both of their goaltenders only to see them both get an unhealthy dose of rubber thrown at and behind them in the loss.

Both series will play Game 5 on Thursday night. The Devils and Flyers return to New Jersey while Ottawa and Pittsburgh head back to Pennsylvania with teams on the brink of elimination.

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Red Wings

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Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.

While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.


After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”