EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals and facing a must-win game at home against the Philadelphia Flyers, Larry Robinson isn't panicking.
The New Jersey Devils coach did just the opposite Friday to prepare for Game 4 in the best-of-seven series Saturday at the Continental Airlines Arena.
Instead of having the team skate hard after two straight losses, Robinson got the players together to watch videotape.
There was nothing negative about it, players said. The coach just stressed doing the things that the team did in dominating earlier series against Florida and Toronto.
''It's not time to feel sorry for yourself,'' Robinson said Friday. ''I feel there is a confidence there. We just have to get back to doing the things we did before. We've gotten away from priding ourselves in being a good positional team. We're running about a little too much.''
Defenseman Ken Daneyko said that the videotape of the Flyers' 4-2 win on Thursday night was enlightening.
Philadelphia didn't have more than eight scoring chances the whole night, he said. The problem was that most of them were set up by Devils blunders, and the Flyers did a great job of capitalizing on the opportunities.
''There's no reason to get crazy about this,'' Daneyko said. ''Yes, it makes Game 4 imperative. There is no doubt about that. But let's get back to having fun and playing position. Guys were thinking too much. We just weren't reacting the way we were.''
One unexpected problem the Devils had in Game 3 was a subpar game by goalie Martin Brodeur, who looked bad on three of the four goals.
''I think it's disappointing when you come in your building and you get outplayed like that,'' Brodeur said. ''You hope to do better. I took it pretty hard, but it will hopefully help me bounce back.''
Brodeur was involved in one play Thursday night that might have a direct bearing on tonight's game.
Midway through the third period, he attempted to clear a puck behind the Devils net with a backhand pass. His stick slammed right into the face of Flyers forward John LeClair, opening a gash on the right side of his nose and another below his eyelid.
It took 39 stitches to close the cuts. Thirty-six of the thick stitches ran from the base of LeClair's right nostril halfway up at a 45-degree angle and made a sharp left to the base of his eye.
LeClair insisted Friday that he will play, wearing a shield on his helmet to cover his face.
''Johnny is a warrior, and he'll be ready,'' Flyers coach Craig Ramsay said. ''He says he'll be ready, and he'll battle his way through again.''
However, the swelling will have to go down for that to happen.
''We still have a lot of time,'' said LeClair, whose six goals in the playoffs is tops on the Flyers. ''The swelling has gone down drastically even from last night, so I'm really hopeful.''
The injury is just the latest bit of adversity to strike the Flyers in a season that has seen coach Roger Neilson stricken with cancer and superstar Eric Lindros sidelined with a concussion since March.
Even this series has been tough. Not only was LeClair injured in Game 3, but center Daymond Langkow sustained a concussion in Game 2 after scoring the winning goal. It's unlikely Langkow will be ready for Game 4, Ramsay said Friday.
''We believe in what we are doing, the system we are playing,'' said Flyers goalie Brian Boucher, who was outstanding with 27 saves Thursday night. ''So whoever we put out there, it seems to come together as a group.''
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