The Philadelphia Flyers travel to Newark on Thursday to take on the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the playoff series.
The game begins at 7:30 p.m. EST and will be televised on the NBC Sports network. You can also watch the game via a live stream online available here.
The series is tied at 1-1, but the Devils may have the edge in Game 3. Not only does the team get to play in front of its home crowd, but it also marks the return of injured left winger Ilya Kovalchuk, the team's leading scorer this past season.
I feel good. I'm ready to go and nothing bothers me, Kovalchuk told the Newark Star-Ledger on Thursday. Why would you sit and rest if you feel better and you're ready to go? Pete will decide what he wants to see in the lineup.
Kovalchuk's decision to play on Thursday is okay with his coach.
You're adding our leading scorer, one of the top five scorers in the league. It can't do anything but help if he's healthy enough to play, Devils coach Pete DeBoer told The Newark Star-Ledger.
Kovalchuk will be eased back into the game playing on the team's fourth line on Thursday, but it's still a major addition for the Devils. It gives New Jersey an extra level of momentum after it thrashed the Flyers, 4-1, in Game 2, but the older, wiser Devils know that anything can happen in playoff hockey.
You can't get overwhelmed by one win, Martin Brodeur, the team's longtime goalie, told reporters. People always look at that. That's (why) the mood swings are important. You have to be leveled off about them. You feel so good about yourself that sometimes you slack off a bit. We can't get caught up. We played well, but we expect the Flyers to come a lot harder tomorrow and do what they do.
The Flyers hope to rebound from a sluggish performance in Game 2 in order to not fall behind in the series. Philadelphia will need a strong performance from goalie Ilya Bryzqalov, who badly struggled in Game 2, as well as a return of the high volume scoring that guided them past the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It is all about the will and desperation, Flyers center Danny Briere told the Associated Press. We have to get that back. So far in this series, we have only had it for about three periods. There is no sense in me telling you how good we are. You guys have seen us all year. You know if we are good or not. One thing I can tell you is that we need to have more desperation if we want to get back to winning games.