April 2 Camden Courier-Post:
“Two nights in a row the Flyers had a chance to snuff out an opponent’s flickering playoff hopes. To crush their spirits and dance on their graves.
Each time, they politely — some would argue too politely — refused.
And now it is the Flyers whose playoff position is on thin ice.
“We keep talking about this being one of the top teams in the league, but we haven’t played that way,” Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen said after Friday night’s 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in front of a sellout crowd at the Prudential Center. “Right now, we need to get our game in order.”
One night after letting the teetering Atlanta Thrashers off the hook, the Flyers had no answer for Patrik Elias, who netted his eighth career hat trick to keep the Devils in mathematic contention for a playoff spot in the East.
Having held the Eastern Conference lead since Jan. 8, the Flyers (102 points) can find themselves in second place later tonight if the Washington Capitals win at home against the Buffalo Sabres. Both teams have four games remaining.
“We’ll have to win all of them,” said Flyers left wing Jeff Carter, who scored his team-high 36th goal of the season 4:18 into the final period to tie the score, only to see the Devils pull away on goals by Nick Palmieri and Elias.”
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