Flyers-Devils: What you need to know

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Flyers-Devils: What you need to know

Flyers at Devils -- 7:30 p.m., CSNNBCSN
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.

For the first time since 2008-09, the Flyers have opened their season 0-2 after back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

Poor special teams play and a lack of scoring have plagued the Flyers in the early going.

Next up for the Flyers are a familiar foe in the New Jersey Devils. Tuesday night's matchup will mark the first of five meetings this season between these two bitter Atlantic Division rivals.

Records
Flyers: 0-2

Devils: 1-0

Last meeting
The last time these two teams met, the Devils ended the Flyers' 2012 postseason run with a 3-1 Game 5 victory in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Bryce Salvador, David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk each scored for New Jersey and veteran netminder Martin Brodeur made 27 saves. Max Talbot netted the Flyers' only marker.

After taking Game 1 of the series, 4-3 in overtime, the Flyers dropped four in a row to the Devils. New Jersey outscored the orange and black, 18-11, in the five-game series.

The Flyers went 3-2-1 against the Devils in the 2011-12 regular-season series, outscoring New Jersey 18-15 in the process.

Previous games
The Flyers allowed three third-period goals and fell to the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon. Thomas Vanek recorded five points (two goals, three assists) for the Sabres. Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier each netted second-period goals for the Flyers.

New Jersey is coming off a 2-1 road victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Clarkson scored the game-winning goal at the 8:17 mark of the third period. Travis Zajac also scored for the Devils and Brodeur made 18 saves.

Who's hot
The Flyers are only two games into their 48-game, lockout-shortened season, but Claude Giroux is picking up right where he left off last season. The 25-year-old has found the back of the net in two consecutive games and has ripped six shots on opposing goaltenders.

Giroux finished 2011-12 third in the NHL in scoring with 93 points (28 goals, 65 assists). It was the most points by a Flyer since Eric Lindros had 93 in 1998-99. Giroux also collected eight goals and nine assists in 10 playoff games last postseason.

Who's not
Special teams seem to be a problem for the Flyers in the early going. The Flyers have allowed five goals on nine attempts while shorthanded and have cashed in on just 1 of 9 attempts on the power play.

Keep an eye on ...
Now that Zach Parise is gone -- he signed a 13-year deal with the Minnesota Wild in the offseason -- it's now Kovalchuk's show in New Jersey. The sharpshooting Russian forward scored 37 goals and had 83 points in 77 games for the Devils in 2011-12. The 29-year-old, who is used to having the spotlight on him having carried the Atlanta Trashers for parts of five seasons, registered 15 points in 10 total games against the Flyers last season.

Ilya Bryzgalov has looked sharp in net through two games, although his numbers don't indicate it. The Flyers' netminder has a 3.05 goals against average and .909 save percentage. Bryzgalov has performed well against New Jersey in his career. He is 4-1-0 with a 1.40 GAA in five regular-season starts against the Devils, and has shutouts in two of his last three.

Potential debut?
The Flyers on Monday recalled winger Tye McGinn from the AHL Adirondack Phantoms. McGinn will be available for Tuesday's matchup with New Jersey and could potentially make his NHL debut with Zac Rinaldo and Danny Briere nursing injuries.

The 22-year-old participated in last week's Flyers training camp and has 11 goals, four assists and 52 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Phantoms this season.

Injuries
Flyers: Rinaldo will be out a minimum of seven days because of a laceration on his right thigh, per general manager Paul Holmgren.

Briere is still recovering from a hairline fracture in his left wrist. Sources told CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that Briere will not play against the Devils.

Devils: Adam Henrique (thumb) is on Injured Reserve and is expected to be out for at least two more weeks.

Sound off
Who do you think will win the Atlantic Division this year?

E-mail Tim Riday at triday@comcastsportsnet.com.

Sweden beats Canada to win 2017 IIHF World Championships

Sweden beats Canada to win 2017 IIHF World Championships

COLOGNE, Germany -- Sweden won the ice hockey world championship with a 2-1 victory on penalties over two-time defending champion Canada on Sunday.

Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped three penalties and Ryan O'Reilly hit the post for Canada, as Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored shootout goals for the Swedes to win their first title since 2013.

The game ended 1-1 after overtime when both sides came close to ending the contest with a "sudden death" goal only to be denied by outstanding goalkeeping.

Lundqvist and Canada counterpart Calvin Pickard, who saved William Nylander's first penalty for Sweden, were named best players by their respective teams after a game in which the Canadians narrowly outshot their opponents 43-42.

"This is how close it should be when you get to the final game," Sweden head coach Rikard Gronborg said. "It's a huge win for Swedish hockey."

Lundqvist's twin brother Joel, who captained Sweden, claimed his third worlds gold, one of only two Swedes ever to do so after Sven Tumba in 1953, 1957 and 1962.

"They're both really good guys," Swedish forward Joakim Nordstrom said of the Lundqvist brothers. "On the ice, they really bring a lot to our team but off it too, their presence in the locker room, it's been huge for our team. Joel is a terrific captain."

Sweden claimed its first win over Canada in the final after defeats in 1997, 2003, and 2004.

"It feels like the curse is broken," said Marcus Kruger, who had lost worlds and Olympic finals with Sweden before.

The respect between the sides was evident from the off as defenses held firm in the opening two periods.

The breakthrough came against the odds, with Backstrom penalized for slashing, when Victor Hedman scored short-handed with 20.8 seconds left in the second period.

It was a strange goal from distance as the defenseman just lifted the puck and it somehow bounced in through Pickard's legs. Joel Lundqvist's presence may have distracted the Canadian goaltender.

"It was a fluke goal," Kruger said.

Canada had twice as many shots in the second period.

O'Reilly equalized when he scrambled the puck in off a rebound from Mitch Marner.

It was tense, and fans were left gasping as the action swung from end to end.

Nate MacKinnon missed a good chance to clinch the win for Canada on a power play before overtime when both goaltenders maintained their exceptional form.

Henrik Lundqvist, who was a late addition to Gronborg's roster after the New York Rangers' elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs, ultimately proved the hero.

"He's been great since he came in here. We know what his track record is like. He's a winner and he really showed that today, overall in the game and especially in the shootout, too," Kruger said.

MacKinnon, Brayden Point, O'Reilly and Mitch Marner all missed their shots.

Canada coach Jon Cooper, who said he was immensely proud of his team's effort, was gracious in defeat.

"I want to congratulate Sweden. They were an exceptional team, it was a lot of fun to play them," Cooper said.

"If we were going to lose to somebody, I'm glad those guys won."

Earlier, Nikita Kucherov sealed a 5-3 win for Russia in the bronze medal match against Finland.

"It's not the medal we wanted," Russia head coach Oleg Znarok said.

NHL Playoffs: Penguins pounce on Senators to move 1 win away from Stanley Cup Final

NHL Playoffs: Penguins pounce on Senators to move 1 win away from Stanley Cup Final

BOX SCORE

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan calls it "getting to our game."

It means he wants his team to attack opponents with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility.

Physically translated, it looks like the 60 minutes the defending Stanley Cup champions put together Sunday in a 7-0 demolition of the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Dominant from the opening faceoff to the final whistle, the Penguins moved within one game of a return trip to the Cup final by overwhelming the Senators with wave after wave of pressure, the kind that became the club's trademark during its sprint to a fourth championship last spring.

Seven players scored and 11 finished with at least one point to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead heading into Game 6 on Tuesday in Ottawa. Seemingly on the ropes after getting pummeled 5-1 in Game 3, the Penguins have outscored the Senators 10-2 over the last six periods to gain control.

"When we play the type of game we play tonight it allows us to dictate the terms and play the style and the identity of this Penguins team," Sullivan said.

One well aware that despite how easy it looked during its most lopsided playoff victory in five years, much work remains to be done.

"They have a good ability to respond, so we're going to be challenged here in Game 6," said Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who scored for the third straight and became the 22nd player in NHL history to reach 100 career playoff assists when he sent a slick backhand no-look pass to Phil Kessel early in the third period. "We know that and we've got to be at our best."

The Penguins might already be there. The power play went 3 for 3. The penalty kill turned the Senators away four times and extended Ottawa's power play drought to 0 for 29. Matt Murray stopped 21 shots for his first playoff shutout in Pittsburgh's most complete performance of the postseason.

"I think that was a big part of our success last year was that we had all four lines going and chipping in offensively," forward Matt Cullen said. "But more than that, spending time in the offensive zone and grinding and playing some good hockey and I think the last couple games, especially, that's been key."

The Senators quieted the Penguins early in the series, holding them to three goals through three games by playing disciplined hockey. It collapsed in the first period on Sunday, as turnover after turnover kept giving Pittsburgh the kind of chances that makes it such a difficult out this time of year.

The Penguins chased Ottawa's Craig Anderson by beating him four times in the first period, the last a "why not" flip from behind the goal line by fourth-line forward Scott Wilson that banked in off the goalie.

Replacement Mike Condon didn't fare much better. When Cullen beat him 1:54 into the second to make it 5-0, the competitive portion of the afternoon over. As if to raise the white flag, Ottawa coach Guy Boucher held defenseman Erik Karlsson, forward Derick Brassard and defenseman Cody Ceci out of the final 20 minutes to help them get rested up for Game 6.

Karlsson, who is playing with two hairline fractures in his left heel, said he will "absolutely" be ready for Game 6. The rest of the Senators insist they'll be ready too. They became the third team this postseason to lose by at least six goals. The other two -- Edmonton in the first round against San Jose and Anaheim in the second round against the Oilers -- came back to win the next game and eventually the series.

"Just like a plumber wakes up one day, is having a great day, the other day he's not having a good day," Boucher said. "Just one of those bad days."

Notes
Bryan Rust had a goal and an assist in his return from a concussion that sidelined him for Games 3 and 4. ... Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley also scored for Pittsburgh. ... The margin of victory was the largest in a conference final since Detroit beat Colorado 7-0 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. ... Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin played in his 141st postseason game, surpassing Jaromir Jagr for the most in franchise history. ... The Penguins scratched D Justin Schultz (upper body) and F Patric Hornqvist (upper body). F Conor Sheary was a healthy scratch. ... Carter Rowney had three assists for Pittsburgh. ... Boucher said Anderson will start Game 6. ... Pittsburgh F Nick Bonino had two assists. His truck broke down on the way to the rink. Kessel picked him up by the side of the road and brought him to the arena.