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NHL Playoff Capsules

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NEWARK, N.J. - Alexei Ponikarovsky scored on his own rebound 17:21 into overtime and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Patrik Elias, Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise also scored for the Devils, who killed two penalties in overtime before Ponikarovsky came through with his first goal of the post-season on a backhander that sneaked past Ilya Bryzgalov.

Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for New Jersey. Game 4 is Sunday in New Jersey.

Kovalchuk, who missed Game 2 with a lower body injury, also had two assists in his return, including one on the game winner.

Danny Briere, Matt Carle and Brayden Schenn scored for the Flyers. Bryzgalov had 27 saves.

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