Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 05/09/12 at 12:08 AM ET
In an utterly bizarre game, Ilya Bryzgalov gave up a terrible goal and yet kept a Philadelphia Flyers team that seemed to forget how to play defense and how to score goals in a game the New Jersey Devils almost easily won, first off-side goal included, by a 3-1 tally, capturing the series in 5 games.
The Devils advance to face the winner of the Washington-New York series in the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Flyers face off-season questions regarding their goaltending, defense and scoring despite playing superbly during the regular season and first round against the favored Penguins.
Here’s Bryzgalov’s “oops!” moment…
And here’s Kovalchuk’s winner:
I really thought it was classy of Claude Giroux to come down from the press box to shake hands with the Devils…It doesn’t atone for what he did, but it was still a stand-up thing to do.
Update #2: Here’s the handshake line:
Update #2.5: Here’s Kovalchuk’s dagger:
Update #3: Here are NHL.com’s game highlights:
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