The Devils outshot them 12-2 in the second, in fact. And to make matters worse, the Flyers opened and closed the period on the power play.
The road win was New Jersey's third of the postseason.
"We knew, if we lost tonight, it wasn't going to look good for us," DeBoer said. "I'm not surprised to see us play the way we did."
Though clearly they missed Kovalchuk for long stretches. In his third season with the Devils, Kovalchuk has three goals in eight playoff games and remains day to day. He walked with a pad on his back after Sunday's 4-3 overtime, Game 1 loss, and walked around the locker room Monday at practice in Newark, N.J., quite gingerly.
Kovalchuk, a former Atlanta Thrasher who had 37 goals and 83 points this season, won his first playoff series ever in New Jersey's Round 1 triumph over Florida. The Devils say Kovalchuk was injured in that first-round series.
Defenseman Peter Harrold, who had three points and five shots on goal in the postseason prior to Game 2, was moved up to a forward position to replace Kovalchuk's spot in Game 2, allowing Larsson to play defense.
Notes: This was New Jersey's first regulation postseason victory since Game 4 against Florida, and just Philadelphia's second home loss of the playoffs. ... New Jersey has now won three of four games. ... Clarkson had 30 goals and 46 points in the regular season. ... Brayden Schenn had his fifth assist of the postseason on Read's goal.
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