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FLY-BY: It's All Tied Up

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Laviolette  Jagr  Briere  Read    Wellwood
The Flyers led through two periods of play and Ilya Bryzgalov made great save after great save to keep it a one-goal deficit… The Devils finally broke through in the third period and kept pouring it on from there, recording four straight goals, the last of which was an empty-netter while the Flyers were on the power-play.

The Flyers power play entered tonight's game at a 44.8 percent success rate, but failed to convert on any one of their five opportunities in the game through 8:13 of time on the man-advtantage.

The Flyers slow start didn't happen in the first period in tonight's game, rather the second… The Flyers didn't register a shot on goal until 1:27 left in the period, even though they had began the period on the power-play. Their first, second and only shots in the period came on a late power-play opportunity.

Ilya Bryzgalov turned in a very solid performance tonight… He turned away a great scoring chance by Zach Parise on the Devils power play to keep it a 1-0 Flyers lead at the 16 minute mark of the first period... Just shy of the midway point of the second, Bryzgalov made his best save of the game on a perfect opportunity by Henrique in the slot, plus a rebound and scrum immediate afterwards… Overall he stopped 31 of 34 shots in total but many of them high scoring chances.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette attributed tonight's loss to the Devils simply skating better than they did…

"Their skating was better, to take time and space on the penalty kill quicker than our movement, so we’ve got to do things faster I think on the power play.”
The Flyers are 17-15 in playoff series when tied 1-1 after two games, and are 15-17 all-time in Game 3 of those series.

They are 19-3 when leading 2 games to 1, and are 7-19 when trailing 2-1.  They are also 8-22 when losing Game 2 of the series.
The last time the Flyers only had two shots in a playoff period was also against the Devils, in the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.  They had two shots in the third period of a 2-1 win in Game 1.
The Flyers were 0-for-5 on the power play and are now 1-for-11 in the series.  It was the first game in this postseason that the Flyers didn’t pick up a power play goal.
The Devils had more shots blocked by the Flyers (23) than the Flyers had shots on goal (20).
The game marked just the third playoff loss to the Devils in the last three series (including this one) dating back to 2004.

The Flyers also lost Game 2 in the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals before winning three straight to take the series.
Claude Giroux's six-game point streak was snapped in tonight's loss.

Braydon Coburn recorded a game-high 25:12 of ice-time.

Seven players on the Devils recorded at least three shots on net, while 10 players recorded two or more shots.

"I think they showed more desperation than we did all night. It shows in the box score. The last two periods, even though we were up 1-0, we didn't deserve it. If it wasn't for [Ilya Bryzgalov], we didn't deserve to be up after two periods."
- Danny Briere

"We were really bad the second period. I thought we were standing still, we weren’t skating and we were still up 1-0 and I thought we were going to crank it up in the third but they got a couple of quick goals to make it two on one. I’ll be honest, the better team won today."
- Kimmo Timonen 

Tonight's turning point came on the third Devils goal, which occurred less than three minutes after their second goal of the night that gave them the lead midway through the third period.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped an initial shot from Stephen Gionta and his second effort, however Zajac darted towards the net and swatted in his fifth goal of the playoffs to give New Jersey a two-goal lead that the Flyers could not recover from through the rest of the game

PIC OF THE NIGHT: Brayden Schenn hits Devils defenseman Andy Greene along the boards.   

Devils 4, Flyers 1
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Adam Larsson and David Clarkson scored their first goals of the postseason, and the New Jersey Devils posted a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, evening this Eastern Conference semifinals series at 1-1.

Larsson and Clarkson scored consecutive goals in the third period to rally the Devils past the Flyers and make up for the absence of Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils played without their regular-season leading scorer because of a lower body injury.


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