Devils End Flyers’ Season

Published on May 9th, 2012

The Flyers had trouble all series beating Brodeur | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Tuesday May 8, 2012
The New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 in Game 5 to close out this 2nd round series and end the Flyers’ season.

Superstar winger Claude Giroux did not play in this game for the Flyers due to a suspension for a hit on Dainius Zubrus in Game 4.  The starting goaltenders were Marty Brodeur for the Devils and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Read-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Voracek-Schenn
JVR-Simmonds-Wellwood
Couturier-Talbot-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Carle
Coburn-Grossman
Meszaros-Gustafsson

Flyers Max Talbot scored at 7:18 of the 1st period minutes after a huge hit by Zac Rinaldo on Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov energized the team.  The Devils, however, shook it right off and scored twice before the period was done to take the lead.  Defenseman Bryce Salvador tied the game at 9:27.  His shot deflected off of a Flyers’ stick and went in over Bryzgalov.  Then winger David Clarkson deflected a Bryz clear attempt in at 12:45.  It was one of the worst goals Bryz has given up all season.

The Flyers then came out and played a very strong 2nd period putting a lot of offensive pressure on Brodeur.  They also continued to play a physical game making a number of big hits.  They could not put one past Brodeur though and continued to trail by a goal at the end of this period.

Devils Ilya Kovlachuk blasted it in on the power-play at 5:00 of the 3rd period to put them up 3-1.  The Flyers seemed to be out of steam after that and the Devils cruised the rest of the way.  They eliminated the Flyers in 5 games.

Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen on losing the series said, “When you get beat four times in a row, the better team won.  I guess in game one we played two periods and in overtime, after that we fell apart somehow.  I don’t know why.  It’s hard to say why.  It takes a couple days to see what happened.  I’ve got to give a lot of credit to them.  They were the better team.”

The Devils move on to the Eastern Conference Finals against either the New York Rangers or Washington Capitals.

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