Game 1 goes to the Flyers, 2-1 at The Rock in Newark. That means that six of the seven meetings this season have been won but the team from down the Turnpike.
It's only one game -- a game that saw the Devils go 0-for-5 on the power play and muster just two shots on goal in six minutes of power-play time in the third period.
It's only one game -- a game that saw the Devils score just one goal vs. a goalie that would be wearing a suit if not for major injuries to Ray Emery and Michael Leighton. Between Game 1 vs. the Devils and the Flyers' shootout win vs. the Rangers on Sunday, you get the feeling that if you shouted Terry Sawchuk, Boucher would turn around.
It's only one game -- a game that saw Ilya Kovalchuk lose again in the playoffs. He's now 0-5 playing in the postseason, with just one goal and one assist in all five games combined. He tried to do too much in his first playoff game as a Devil. He's playing like the only reason he was traded here was to win in the postseason. Oh yeah, he was!
The Devils showed some heart, scoring late on a Travis Zajac goal with 2:43 left. But it was too little, too late. They also knocked on the door several times with the goalie pulled, but to no avail.
If you're looking for a positive, New Jersey allowed just 14 shots on goal in the game, and just two in the third period. But do you really want Martin Brodeur to allow two goals on 14 shots?
The Devils have been shown the door in the first round the last two years. They have not made it out of the second round since 2003. They have to realize that they can't erase years of frustration in one night.
It's just one game. Three more like it, though, and it's yet another quick exit from the playoffs.