Flyers Edge Devils in OT in Game 1

Published on April 29th, 2012

Flyers and Devils scrambling for the puck | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Sunday, April 29, 2012
In Game 1 of this 2nd round series, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime on Danny Briere’s 2nd goal of the game.

For this game, Marty Brodeur started in net for the Devils and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

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

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

The Devils started the game with more energy and promptly scored the game’s first goal when Zach Parise snapped it in at 3:16 of 1st period.  7 minutes into the game, the Devils lead in shots 9 to 0.  Flyers had a very flat start to this game.  They got their 1st shot of the game midway through the period.  They had two power-plays in this period and recorded no shots during either of them.

Flyers Danny Briere scored on the breakaway at 8:07 of 2nd period to tie the game as the Flyers started to shake off their sluggish start.  Briere took a beautiful home-run pass from Jakub Voracek.  JVR then cleaned up a rebound at 8:44 to give the Flyers the lead.  The Devils came back to tie the game when Travis Zajac scored on the power-play at 13:53. 

Giroux scored on the power-play at 4:19 of the 3rd period to put the Flyers up 3-2.  The Flyers totally dominated territorially in the first half of this period.  They seemed to be well on their way to a win when a little hiccup cost them as the Devils tied the game at 11:22 when Petr Sykora beat Bryzgalov. 

The teams then went to overtime and the Flyers turned their offensive pressure up a notch.  It appeared Briere had scored the game-winner several minutes into overtime but the call was reversed when the puck was deemed to have been kicked in.  Briere, however, was not to be denied as he blasted it in at 4:36 to give the Flyers the win.

On the game-winning goal, Briere said, “Whenever you have a chance to put the puck on net you throw one on net, you never know what can happen, a lucky bounce, whatever.  You crash the net and find the loose puck.  The way we had played in the second and third period, five on five, we felt like we were in control of the game and we were skating so well, so we had the same mindset.  We have to keep attacking and putting as many pucks on net as possible.  We got the power play there and the thing was to try to put as many pucks on net and go hard to the net.  We got a break there on mine.”

Flyers lead the series 1-0.  Game 2 is Tuesday in Philly.

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