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Devils Defeat The Flyers In OT

Alexei Ponikarovsky scored late in the first OT period to give the New Jersey Devils a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Devils now lead the series with game 4 coming up on Sunday night.

Watch the OT goal as called by Bob Cole of HNIC.

 

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Flyers is another team that needs a miracle. I blame Lavy for letting Lija hit the ice after coughing the puck up in game 1 to tie the game late and he pulls the same stunt again tonight on game winner. But this game was lost after not scoring on the first power play in Overtime. Real flyers fan has zero faith in Bryzgalov. Snider and Holmgren are going to have a very hard time selling him to the base for next season. I hope their is an amestey period when the new cba goes into effect.

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/04/12 at 02:54 AM ET

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i just wanted to add something, anyone notice that Briere is the only one of the flyers talking to the media after games in this series. The comments have been direct towards offense and not the defense. Several players did this in the penguins series.They never point at you know who and defense? I think there is something going on inside, again. Funny part is that they aren’t practicing on Friday but have to report at 10:30am on saturday morning? interesting…....

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/04/12 at 04:00 AM ET

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAeOfl0psaM&feature=fvst

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This detroit fan feels your pain.  IMHO Lilja is usually a decent stay at home defenseman but every once in a while…  You wanna kill him.

I didn’t watch the game tonight but based on that clip, he looked gassed.  Bryz gave up quite the rebound too

Posted by Nick on 05/04/12 at 05:08 AM ET

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Lavy didn’t want to do what Torterella did and roll just 4 D-men. We’ll see if the Rangers are ok moving forward and same with the Flyers. I’m more miffed this game turned into the 90s all over again. Devils throw a pick on their first goal on their PP. The penalty kill in overtime was aided by a very nice early line change that wasn’t called. Two Devils went into the Flyers zone, fell behind the net and by the time the Flyers are at center ice, you see the 2 new forwards already at the top by the benches on the ice skating back while the other two are still in the Flyers zone skating towards the open door to the bench. If I see one more chip in by a Flyer with speed get interfered with by a Devil changing their lane, I’m really going to start throwing stuff at the TV. And before I get dumped on for being a homer, yes, the boarding call on Zubrus was borderline at best, although live it looked like he jumped, the replays were inconclusive to me on whether he did or not.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 05/04/12 at 11:34 AM ET

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For all the doubters out there about Parise’s performance when it matters, just like in the Olympics in Vancouver, he was once again clutch last night. If the Devils can go deeper, I think he’ll have more time to build on his reputation. If a TEAM cannot make it past the first round it is hard for any one player to look like they can contribute much.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/04/12 at 01:44 PM ET

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As for the Torts vs Lavy comment, I think some coaches get too far ahead of themselves. You can coach to win a seven game series or try and win it in five and get the rest that way. These series are relatively short and you can’t squander a chance to win hoping to keep guys fresh for a game that may not be played. At least that’s my take.

The Rangers may still lose and fatigue may be the reason, but I understand why Tortorella would shorten the bench when his team was in a dogfight and then stretch the bench when you are comfortably in the lead or out of it hoping for fresh legs to provide a spark. His teams are well conditioned even by NHL standards so he is willing to ride his top players.

I look at what Hunter is doing sometimes and scratch my head. Ovechkin may not be stellar defensively, but are you really hurting the Rangers by keeping your best offensive weapon on the bench for most of the game? Shouldn’t part of the coaches job be figure out how to put your best players in the best position to succeed and get them to buy into what you need them to do?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/04/12 at 01:51 PM ET

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Flyers should of played 4 defense man in OT. It shows you are playing with desperation, something they were talking about leading up to that game. Giroux needs man up on sunday after making comments again after the game. It seems Briere is the only one backing up his talking.

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/04/12 at 03:21 PM ET

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