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PLAYER NOTES

--G Martin Brodeur didn't have a very busy night, facing only 20 shots as the Devils, playing without right wing Ilya Kovalchuk, beat the Flyers 4-1 Tuesday to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at 1-1.

"Hopefully, it's for a short period of time," Brodeur said of Kovalchuk's absence. "Definitely a win today kind of helps maybe a time frame for him if there's any. We miss him. He's our franchise player along with a couple other guys."

--LW Zach Parise, who had an assist in the win, thought not having Kovalchuk forced the Devils to get back to basics. "With Kovy being out, we knew we had to fall back to our structure and our system, and we did that tonight better than we have in a long time. And the best part about it was it was line after line after line," he said. "Finally, we got rewarded. But just the way we were backing each other up, the way we were supporting each other, was the way we needed to play."

--D Bryce Salvador missed last season with an inner-ear concussion. He then played all 82 games this season and didn't score a goal. Tuesday night, he hit the empty net to seal the win -- his first goal since March 10, 2010.

--Rookie D Adam Larsson finally got to play his first playoff game as Peter Harrold moved up to right wing with Kovalchuk out. Larsson scored the Devils' first goal in a 4-on-4 situation at 3:08 of the third period. It was his first goal since Nov. 26. Playing in only his second game since March 25, he was a plus-2 in the victory.

Before the game, he said, "I'm excited. I'm glad to get back there and it will be fun for sure. I think it will be a tough game like the last game, so it will be fun. It's going to be a good experience for me."

After the game, talking about the goal, he said, "I don't get too many opportunities like that, so I just tried to get it to the net and saw it was pretty open there on that side and shoot it. I would say it was my biggest goal."

Said coach Pete DeBoer: "Great for Lars. Here's a kid who's sat for eight games and worked to keep himself in shape and jumps into a playoff game and does what he does. Says a lot about his character."

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Craig Wolanin is the only other Devils defenseman to score a goal in his NHL playoff debut.

--Harrold played his third game on right wing for the Devils. "I think I'm comfortable there and I had some video sessions and talked to my linemates, so I'm good to go," he said before playing on the fourth line. "I think I can bring some speed. One of the main things is just getting in on the forecheck, just disrupting the guy on the puck and, hopefully, I can contribute to that and get the forecheck going."

--Rookie C Adam Henrique picked up an assist, his fourth point of his first postseason. He also picked up a slashing penalty late in the second period. It was only his third penalty of the season. The first two, during the regular season, saw Henrique guilty of a delay of game and also of fighting with Calgary's Jarome Iginla.

--RW Dainius Zubrus, who had two points in the first game of the Panthers series and none since, notched two assists in Tuesday night's win.

--Was C Travis Zajac missed during the season? He scored again Tuesday night, his fifth goal in the nine playoff games.

--RW David Clarkson had six assists in the first eight games but hadn't tallied a goal before scoring to break the 1-1 tie Tuesday. After the goal from close in, Clarkson wound up jumping on top of the net.

"The team has been winning in the playoffs, and I don't think it was something I was thinking about," he said of not scoring a goal before Tuesday. "I was playing my game all series and the points were coming (six assists), but I wasn't putting the puck in. Great play by Zach to take it to the net, and it landed on my stick."

MEDICAL WATCH

--RW Ilya Kovalchuk, who hasn't been himself in recent games while denying he was hurt, was out with a lower body injury. A report surfaced Tuesday night that he has a back injury.

--C Jacob Josefson, who missed 37 games earlier this season with a broken clavicle after missing almost four months last year with hand surgery, is out again, this time with non-displaced fracture of the left wrist suffered April 3. He was slated to miss 4-6 weeks.

--D Henrik Tallinder (blood clot, lower leg) last played Jan. 17, and general manager Lou Lamoriello said it is doubtful Tallinder will return for the playoffs.

GOALTENDERS

--Martin Brodeur

--Johan Hedberg

DEFENSE PAIRINGS

--Andy Greene, Mark Fayne

--Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky

--Anton Volchenkov, Adam Larsson

FIRST LINE

--LW Zach Parise, C Patrik Elias, RW David Clarkson

SECOND LINE

--LW Petr Sykora, C Travis Zajac, RW Dainius Zubrus

THIRD LINE

--LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, C Adam Henrique, RW Steve Bernier

FOURTH LINE

--LW Ryan Carter, C Stephen Gionta, RW Peter Harrold

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