Briere Lifts Flyers over Devils in Game OneBREAKING NEWS, Flyers, News, NHL Sunday, April 29th, 2012
It also slowed down their offense out of the gate, as the New Jersey Devils came out firing in the first period of Game One of the Stanley Cup Semifinals.
The Flyers didn’t play their best hockey through 64 minutes, but they played well enough to earn a win in Game One to the tune of 4-3.
The Devils took eleven shots on goal before the Flyers earned their first. This included a goal by Zach Parise after Matt Read turned the puck over behind the net.
The Flyers tied the game in the second period, as Jake Voracek fed Danny Briere with a beautiful long-ice pass that he corralled for a breakaway on Marty Brodeur. The Devils’ defense of Peter Harrold and Anton Volchenkov were caught pinching too far deep.
Erik Gustafsson fired a laser at Brodeur 30 seconds later. Marty made a ridiculous save on the shot, but James van Riemsdyk scored on the ensuing rebound.
The officials awarded back-to-back “phantom” minor penalties to both the Flyers and the Devils after Eric Wellwood and Adam Henrique both raced to the opposing nets on breakaways. Travis Zajac scored on the powerplay for the Devils.
Claude Giroux, continuing his domination from Round One, scored the go-ahead goal on a powerplay while defenseman Andy Greene sat in the penalty box. Giroux was double shifted in the third period while Read sat in the dog house, finishing with 24:57 of ice time.
At the 11:22 mark of the third period, the Flyers’ lead was squandered as Petr Sykora beat Ilya Bryzgalov on a routine wrist shot through his five-hole.
Sykora’s goal forced overtime, but the Devils didn’t do much with the extra minutes on the clock. The Flyers sustained pressure in the offensive zone until Danny Briere scored twice for the game winner (the first goal didn’t count because Briere kicked the puck in).
Bryzgalov was great in net in the first period, giving the Flyers a chance after the team struggled to find its legs, but “vintage” Bryzgalov still found a way to make an appearance when the game was on the line.
At the other end of the ice, Brodeur was great to a fault. He was arguably the best player for the Devils, an accomplishment in itself considering he will turn 40 next week.
Patrik Elias made comments before the game that the Flyers were a team who take a lot of shots after the whistle, and that they’d have to stay disciplined. The Flyers played an incredibly disciplined game, though, while the Devils unraveled in the latter 40 minutes of play. The Flyers were 1-for-6 on the powerplay while the Devils were 1-for-3.
It’s difficult to pin-point any one area of the game that the Flyers need to improve on in Game Two, beyond avoiding turnovers behind the net. The Flyers held the Devils to just 11 shots on goal after the first period, but their skill (and Bryzgalov’s five hole) were enough to make do with what they could get.
The puck drops for Game Two on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Eleven more “knock knocks” to go.
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