Ah, but that was weeks ago. Sunday, all was forgiven after Zidlicky keyed a first-period comeback in the Devils' 4-2 win in Game 4. He keyed their opening tally on the power play, threading a pass through two defenders and onto the tape of Petr Sykora at the side of the Philly net for an easy tap-in. Minutes later, he provided the finish on a play that originated spectacularly off the stick of Ilya Kovalchuk for the first playoff goal of his career.
The effort probably provoked a few cheers from fans of the Wild as well. If New Jersey wins one more game and advances to the Eastern Conference final, the Devils have to add a third-round pick to the sizable bounty already shipped to Minnesota for his services.