Devils reach high ratings again

Yesterday’s coverage of Devils-Flyers on NBC sparked a 1.9 overnight rating, writes Puck The Media.

The New York market drew a 2.5 rating, which was the highest number for a Devils game in the New York market since 2006, when the Devils and Rangers drew a 2.8 rating.

The number was also up 92% from the last Devils playoff game on NBC, against the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007.

The Capitals-Rangers on Saturday and Devils-Flyers on Sunday produced the best overnight average for weekend coverage of the second round since two-game regional coverage on ABC (1.9) on May 1, 2004.

Final: Flyers 4 Devils 3

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Parise (3)
Second Period- Briere (6) and Van Riemsdyk (1) and Zajac (4)
Third Period- Giroux (7) and Sykora (1)
Overtime- Briere (7)

Next Game: 5/1 at Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30 pm

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“You can’t win all the games in overtime, so you have to watch what you did wrong and make sure you don’t do it again next game.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We haven’t made excuses for those kind of things all year. I’m not going to start now. They were the hungrier team in the second half, so what the reason for it doesn’t matter right now. We’ve got to get ready for Game 2.”

Team Stats:
Flyers outdrew the Devils 38-31
Flyers outshot the Devils 36-26
Devils went 1 for 3 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Flyers 31-27

Player Stats:

Game 1 of ECSF: Devils vs. Flyers (3:00 pm)

The Devils hope to open their second-round series on a high note as they play the Philadelphia Flyers.

TV: The game will be televised on NBC.

Martin Brodeur will make his 178th consecutive playoff start. On the other side of the rink, Devils’ killer during the regular season, Ilya Bryzgalov will get the start.

Devils’ line combinations will be decided after warmups, tweets Rich Chere. Chere notes that it looks like Cam Janssen will dress for the warmups, but that does not mean he will play.