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Devils have plenty of room for improvement

Updated: April 12, 2004, 1:08 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

PHILADELPHIA -- The New Jersey Devils traditionally have been a playoff monster for three reasons: excellent goaltending, stingy defense and timely scoring.

In the first two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers -- both 3-2 losses -- the Devils have come up short in all three areas.

Suddenly silent Robert Esche -- who again looked like he was headed to the firing squad when he entered the dressing room to meet with the press after his ...

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