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It doesn't always pay to be first

The Sports Xchange

--This is the first time in NHL history that the team that scored first in a playoff series lost every game. It's a weird stat that has haunted the Flyers since the stretch run but is inexplicable.

"I don't know," LW Scott Hartnell said. "I thought we came out with a good start. We got the lead and a couple tough breaks and they were able to get that lead back. I thought we did a really good job of fighting right down to the end, but they play a collapsed style and Brodeur played great the whole series."

--The Flyers are 2-3 in playoff series against New Jersey. The Devils won the Stanley Cup in both other seasons they beat the Flyers in the playoffs, 1995 and 2000.

"They played like the Rangers, I think the same way," D Kimmo Timonen said. "There is something to it. We didn't beat the Rangers this year at all, so we have to find a way to beat those guys the way they play. And you know obviously the Pittsburgh series was up and down, and that's good for us because we can score early. ... There were a lot of mistakes in that series and there were a lot of goals, too. But (against) teams who were playing really tight defense like these guys and the Rangers, we had a tough time this year."

"It doesn't matter what's going to happen. I have to say thanks for the support from the fans. I love everybody on this team. That was probably my most enjoyable year I ever had. I win some Cups, I win some trophies, but I love this year. From the organization to the last player on the team and the fans, they were so nice to me. I hate to finish it right now. That's the worst feeling. You finish the whole story, the whole year, that's a sad day today for me. I don't want to cry right now." -- RW Jaromir Jagr on his status for next season, when he will turn 41.

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