Adam Larsson watched Game 1 from the press box, dressed sharply in a suit and tie. From the rafters, he sat helpless as he watched his New Jersey Devils lose a tough road opener in this Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Flyers in overtime. In Game 2, though, he received his chance to shed the suit, and don a uniform.
Larsson scored the first postseason goal of his career off a wristshot in the third, igniting a four-goal explosion in the period, as the Devils rallied to a 4-1 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The best of seven series is now tied at 1-1.
“I know how the playoffs (are),” Larsson said. “I watched all the games from the stands. I know that everybody steps up a little bit. I knew in my mind, if wanted to stay in the lineup, I had to step it up.”
Larsson and Clarkson scored consecutive goals in the third period to rally the Devils past the Flyers and make up for the absence of Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils played without their regular-season leading scorer because of a lower body injury.
Game 3 is Thursday in Newark, N.J.
Video: In his first career playoff game, Adam Larsson ties Game 2 with a top shelf shot.
Video: Travis Zajac stuffs a backhander on the wraparound to put New Jersey up by a deuce late in Game 2.