The Flyers lead the Devils, 3-0, in the second period of tonight’s game five of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Prudential Center.
Giroux’s second goal, on the powerplay, at 13:51 of the period put the Flyers ahead by three.
With Dean McAmmond in the box for high-sticking, Briere let go a shot from the point. Scott Hartnell, who was screening Brodeur, was hit with the shot on the crease. The puck game to Giroux, who fired a low shot into the empty net for his second goal of the game.
Giroux’s first goal of the period at 11:48 extended the Flyers lead to two.
Blair Betts made took the initial shot, which Brodeur stopped. But the Devils couldn’t clear the rebound, and the puck sat loose in the crease. Giroux one-timed the puck over Brodeur’s glove and into the top corner for his third goal of the series.
Daniel Briere scored a powerplay goal at 3:16 of the first period to give the Devils a lead.
With Jamie Langenbrunner in the box for tripping, Claude Giroux held the puck in the Devils’ zone. He passed the puck to Briere in the left circle, but the puck skipped off Briere’s skate and between the pads of Martin Brodeur’s pads for Briere’s second goal of the series.
The Devils have played pretty well, and here in the second period, they’ve done everything but put the puck in the net. They’ve had two powerplay opportunities, and Zach Parise hit the post from in close on the second opportunity. They currently lead the shot total, 4-0.
Colin White took the second Devils penalty in the offensive zone tonight. Not only that, but it was the second time a Devil ended the team’s powerplay. Langenbrunner ended the Devils first opportunity with his tripping penalty in the offensive zone. That’s helped the Devils go 0-for-5 tonight with the man advantage.
The Devils were outshot, 10-9, in the first period.
The Devils had some quality opportunities in the first period, but weren’t able to convert. They tested Boucher a bit, but not enough to make a huge difference.
Here were tonight’s starting lineups:
Daniel Carcillo-Mike Richards-Claude Giroux; Matt Carle-Chris Pronger; Brian Boucher
Ilya Kovalchuk-Travis Zajac-Dainius Zubrus; Paul Martin-Andy Greene; Martin Brodeur
The Flyers come into tonight’s game leading the series, 3-1, and can wrap up the series with a win. The Devils are looking to avoid elimination in the first round for the third consecutive season.
Martin Brodeur is on attempt number three to win his 100th playoff game. Patrick Roy leads all goaltenders with 151 career playoff victories.