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Flyers vs Devils - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals

Flyers facing last chance to escape 'Groundhog Day'

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers spent Monday off the ice, breaking down the tapes of what went wrong in Game 4 of their conference semifinal series against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

The tape likely looked the same as the one from Game 3, which likely looked the same as the one from Game 2.

All three games featured the Flyers being out-shot, out-hit and out-worked in all three zones, and the result is a 3-1 series deficit heading into Game 5 Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

"We're a little out of sync the last game -- last three games, actually," Kimmo Timonen said.

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Flyers' Giroux suspended for one game

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NEW YORK Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux has been suspended for one game for delivering an illegal check to the head of New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus during the teams' Eastern Conference Semifinal game in New Jersey on Sunday, May 6, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period. A minor penalty for illegal check to the head was assessed to Giroux.

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Giroux faces hearing with Dept. of Player Safety

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux faces a hearing Monday morning with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his illegal check to the head penalty against Dainius Zubrus at the 19:56 mark of the second period of their Eastern Conference Semifinal against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night.

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Zubrus is the latest Devil to step up

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils have been down but never out at any stage during the Stanley Cup Playoffs this spring, from the benching of future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur to the incredible rally from a 3-2 series deficit with back-to-back overtime wins against the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

Or, from the Game 1 overtime loss against the Philadelphia Flyers to the debilitating effect they've had on what was once a potent Flyers offense en route to three successive victories.

Dainius Zubrus
Right Wing - NJD
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 6
SOG: 22 | +/-: 4
Let's face it -- the Devils are building the kind of camaraderie and momentum that the serious playoff contenders exhibit this time of year. And through it all, they remain humble and respectful.

That was evidenced again on Sunday in Game 4 against Philadelphia, when the Devils overcame a 2-0 deficit to earn a 4-2 victory and, with it, a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven showdown between Atlantic Division foes.

Incredibly, seven different scorers have been credited with game-winning goals in New Jersey's seven victories this playoff season. In Game 4, it was time for veteran forward Dainius Zubrus to earn the spotlight. Zubrus, who was an 18-year-old rookie with the Flyers when he entered the League in 1996-97, scored a pair of goals against his former team.

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Starting time announced for Devils-Flyers Game 5

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The National Hockey League today announced that the starting time for Game 5 of the New Jersey Devils-Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal series has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 8, in Philadelphia.

The game will be seen on NBC Sports Network in the U.S., and CBC and RDS in Canada.

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Brodeur to celebrate 40th birthday between the pipes

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur hopes to celebrate his 40th birthday on Sunday with a win against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal before what is sure to be a packed house at Prudential Center.

Martin Brodeur
Goalie - NJD
RECORD: 6-3-1
GAA: 2.16 | SVP: 0.917
It will mark the fourth time in Brodeur's career that the future Hall of Fame goalie will perform in a playoff game on his birthday.

The Devils lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

"My mom has called me for every single birthday so I don't forget," Brodeur said, smiling. "It's nice [to be playing on my birthday], but last year at this time, I was in Florida. It was nice because you get to see your family, but I'm happy that I'm at home on the day of my birthday.

"I won't celebrate anything though until after the game, and that's it."

Unfortunately, Brodeur hasn't fared very well on the day he was born -- he is 1-2 with a 4.00 goals-against average in three games.

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Wellwood and Henrique put friendship on hold

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

In a Stanley Cup Playoff series, there are no friendships -- no matter how far back that friendship goes or how much success you've had with that guy on the other team.

That's why the Flyers' Eric Wellwood and the Devils' Adam Henrique have been on radio silence.

"It was right after they beat Florida," Wellwood told NHL.com. "The next day I talked to him and said good job, because he scored the overtime winner. I congratulated him on that. Told him good luck and I hope to see him in the summertime."

"We're not friends right now," Henrique said. "No texts. No communication."

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Devils have found winning approach to overtime

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Winning in overtime is never a walk in the park.

Doing it in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is even more gut-wrenching, not only for fans but for coaches.

But the New Jersey Devils pretty much have this overtime stuff down to a science in the postseason this year. Maybe it's because during the regular season they had plenty of practice, going 4-2 in games decided in extra time and 12-4 in matches determined via a shootout.

"I think [head coach] Pete [DeBoer] has a good approach ... just go out there and do the simple things and go for the win," Devils center Patrik Elias said. "It's not that you sit back and make sure you don't make a mistake. It's trust yourself, go out there, and things will happen."

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Flyers deal with frustration as they regroup on day off

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

 

The Flyers played the Devils six times in the regular season, so it's easy to think they would know what to expect and how to counter anything New Jersey might throw at them.

But after three games, the Flyers find themselves trailing 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series, and seem surprised by what they've seen and unable to handle the Devils' speed, size and physicality.

"Definitely they played a lot stronger and a lot harder than me personally would have thought they'd come with," Scott Hartnell said on a conference call with reporters Friday. "I think especially the last two games, they've outhustled us. I think they've won the majority of the battles. Not sure on faceoffs, but they've won the majority of those, and that's not just centers, that's the wingers helping out. It's frustrating to almost always be defending all game. It's something that needs to be addressed."

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Kovalchuk stars in his return to lineup

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Ilya Kovalchuk says you sometimes need to take one step back in order to take two steps forward.

Ilya Kovalchuk
Left Wing - NJD
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 9
SOG: 27 | +/-: -3
Consider his dramatic effort in Game 3 of New Jersey's Eastern Conference semifinal victory over the Philadelphia Flyers as one major leap in what is becoming one memorable playoff run.

After sitting out Game 2 with a lower-body injury, Kovalchuk returned to the Devils' lineup with a vengeance on Thursday before 17,625 at Prudential Center, scoring a goal and setting up two others to lead New Jersey to a 4-3 overtime victory.

"I just wanted to be myself," Kovalchuk said. "I knew I felt good because I skate this morning and had no problems. I just wanted to fill into the lineup and do the right thing.

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I don't know how he does it. I don't know how he gets his body parallel with the player and pulls it through his legs like that. I know he's tried it a couple times in practice and it's never worked, so how he does it in a game, it's incredible.

— Capitals defenseman Mike Green on teammate Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal against the Devils on Saturday