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Flyers not satisfied with one win in Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. - Not content with winning one playoff game in New Jersey, the Flyers' will go for the Devils' jugular on Friday night.

NEWARK, N.J. - Not content with winning one playoff game in New Jersey, the Flyers' will go for the Devils' jugular on Friday night.

"We came here to get one, and now we're looking for two and to go back to home ice with a 2-0 lead," winger Scott Hartnell said after Thursday's practice at the Prudential Center.

"Obviously that's the goal now," winger Danny Briere said. "Getting two wins in New Jersey would be huge. That's better than even the home-ice advantage."

In the franchise's history, the Flyers have a 16-0 record in playoff series when they take a two-games-to-none lead. They are 15-15 when a series is tied at one win apiece.

"Our job is to win two; that's our mentality right now," defenseman Oskars Bartulis said. "It's not like we came here to try to win just one."

The Flyers think there is plenty of room for improvement over their series-opening 2-1 victory on Wednesday.

"We're happy we won it, but not happy the way we played," said Briere, whose team was outshot, 24-14, and didn't spend much time in the offensive end. "It seemed like our physical play was lower than what we can do. Our puck possession wasn't as good as it should have been. Our chances to score weren't as high as they should be."

Briere paused.

"We found a way to steal one, basically," he said. ". . . Now we're going for two and we know we can play much better."

Including the regular season, the Flyers have won six of seven from New Jersey. Are they in the Devils' heads?

The Devils shrugged off the notion.

It's just one game, defenseman Martin Skoula said.

Still, between the Flyers' dominance and the fact that New Jersey is 2-6 in playoff games at the Prudential Center since the arena opened, the Devils are not a very confident team.

"I'm not thinking that way, and I don't know of anybody in our room who's thinking that," Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner told the New York Post.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette thinks New Jersey will raise the level of its game on Friday.

"The desperate team is the more dangerous team," he said. "They become a little more desperate now."

Forward Darroll Powe, a Princeton graduate who played solidly in Game 1, said the Flyers "need to make plays a little sharper, a little crisper. Focus on getting some better dumps so we can establish a better offensive-zone attack and get some more cycle."

Blair Betts, who was brilliant on the penalty-killing unit on Wednesday, likes the Flyers' position.

"Our mentality was to come out and win the first game. We weren't really looking at the two games and getting a split," he said. "We wanted to come out and get that first game. We kind of set ourselves up for a really big opportunity to really dig the Devils a big hole."

Mike Richards, who scored what proved to be Wednesday's game-winner - New Jersey thought the Flyers had too many men on the ice at the time - thinks the Devils will play with more emotion in Game 2.

"We have to expect them to come out hard, if not harder, than they did," he said. "We have to do a better job of responding to it."

The Flyers gave New Jersey five power plays, all of which were killed.

"Five is too much. We have to lower it to no more than three for us to be successful in this series," Briere said.

It's no coincidence that the Flyers dominated the only period - the second - in which they didn't have any penalties. They scored both of their goals and had eight of their 14 shots in that period.

In the first and third periods, the Flyers seemed out of sync.

"Our offensive zone time was way down, especially compared to our last game against the Rangers," said Hartnell, mindful that the Flyers had a season-high 47 shots against New York. "Our shots were down, as were our opportunities around the nets. Our physical play was down. All those aspects of the game need to be bumped up a lot."

"There's a lot of room for improvement," Betts said. "We've been playing really well at home, and we kind of need to have that energy and bring it to the road. I think you'll see us be a better team" Friday.

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