Brian Rolston’s ability to find Patrik Elias was impeccable during last night’s Devils – Flyers match-up. Three times, including one short-handed, Patrik Elias would score to get his eighth career hat trick and give the Devils another win in their attempt to stay alive, by a sliver of a chance, in the playoff run.
In order for the Devils to actually make it in the playoffs, as they are not mathematically eliminated, they must win every game from here-on out. In addition, either the Rangers or Sabres must lose every game from here on out – in regulation! One single point by both teams will push them out of reach for the Devils to make it.
The million dollar man Ilya Kovalchuk also had a strong game last night, making a number of good efforts and finding Nick Palmieri at the front of the net who, without a distinct kicking motion, deflected the puck off of his skate to go in past Philly net-minder Brian Boucher.
Johan Hedberg, the Devils #2, made a total of 34 saves to keep the Devils in the game. A strong outing for him kept the Flyers from scoring on a number of opportunities as the Devils defense was unable to keep Flyer forwards from making some great scoring chances.
The Devils will try to continue their defiance of all odds in tonight’s match-up against the Montreal Canadians – reeling from their last game, a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, by a score of 6 – 2.