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Flyers -- After spotting the Devils a 1-0 lead for the second game in a row, the Flyers pulled out another victory before their hometown faithful, leaving the Devils on the brink of elimination. Carter scored his first two goals of the playoffs and Danny Briere scored his first in a 4-1 victory. Daniel Carcillo scored his second goal in two games as the Flyers continually frustrated the Devils to the point that the visitors were whistled for six third-period penalties, including a pair of misconducts. Goalie Brian Boucher turned aside 30 shots and now has an opportunity to atone for the 2000 playoff loss to the Devils, when, as a rookie, he and the Flyers couldn't hold a 3-1 series lead.
Devils -- The Flyers haven't been disciplined all series long, but the Devils haven't been able to make them pay -- and that failure is a big reason New Jersey goes home needing a win to prolong the series. The Devils are 4-for-24 on the power play after going 1-for-8 in Game 4. That just isn't good enough, and the Devils realize that.
To make matters worse, the New Jersey is being outworked and outplayed 5-on-5.
Injury report -- The loss of Gagne and Carter will put a crimp in the Flyers' offense. Holmgren said Carter is out indefinitely, while Gagne could be back in three weeks -- meaning he's almost certain to miss all of a second-round series, should the Flyers get that far. … New Jersey isn't reporting any injuries.
Stat pack -- The Devils are 3-6 in home playoff games since Prudential Center opened two years ago. … The Flyers are 6-for-23 (26.1 percent) on the power play in the series. The Devils were 13th in the regular season on the penalty kill at 82.8 percent; in four postseason games, they're just 73.9 percent.
Puck drop -- This is the Devils' season -- a loss will send them home early for the third year in a row.
"There's no pill for this. There's no pill," Lemaire said. "I think we have to be more consistent in our work, number one. We lost discipline in the second half of the third period (of Game 4), which we started to take penalties. Before that I thought we were fine most of the time. We've got to score more goals. We look at our top players and they have four or five, six shots on net, so they have to manage to get some goals."