Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Former College Players Come through Again for Devils

Just like they did in the first round against the Florida Panthers, the former NCAA players on the New Jersey Devils played significant roles in their 4-1 win in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday evening.

Peter Harrold (Boston College) helped set up Adam Larsson’s game-tying goal early in the third period, before Zach Parise (North Dakota) drew the lone assist on Dave Clarkson’s eventual game-winner. Stephen Gionta (Boston College) and Travis Zajac (North Dakota) then combined on Zajac’s wrap-around goal that effectively put matters out of reach at 3-1 with just over six minutes remaining in regulation.

Contributing in intangibles if not the scoring column was Andy Greene (Miami), who blocked five Philadelphia shots and started the rush that led to Clarkson’s goal. Mark Fayne (Providence) logged nearly 21 minutes of ice time on defense, while forward Ryan Carter (Minnesota State) provided one shot, one hit, and 50 percent efficiency on face-offs in skating on the fourth line.

Game 3 will be played Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

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