ECQ Game Four Live Game Blog: Carter’s Second Goal Extends Flyers Lead, 4-1, In The Third Period

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Carter’s second goal of the game at 9:28 of the third period extended the Flyers lead, 4-3, in game four of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight at the Wachovia Center.

With both Bryce Salvador and Jamie Langenbrunner in the box, the Flyers held the puck in the zone. Ian Laperriere fired a shot on net, and Carter deflected home the shot for his second goal of the series.

Carter left the ice gingerly after the goal. No word on his injury.

Gagne, who left in the second period after blocking a shot, will not return to tonight’s game.

Before the game, Brodeur said tonight’s game would show what the Devils were made of. I wonder what their performance tonight will tell him.

Carcillo’s goal at  4:10 of the third period extends the Flyers lead over the Devils, 3-1.

Carcillo began the play, hitting Colin White behind the net to jar the puck loose. Carcillo curled to the side boards, and put a shot on net that beat Brodeur through the pads for his second goal of the series.

Facing a two-goal deficit, the Devils haven’t done anything to help their cause. They’ve taken three minor penalties in the first ten minutes, including giving the Flyers a 5-on-3 opportunity at 8:13 of the third.

Brier’s four-on-four goal at 17:27 of of the second period put the Flyers ahead, 2-1.

With Matt Carle and Zajac in the box, Briere came down the ice with Coburn on a 2-on-2. Coburn sent a pass to Briere on the left side. Briere shot the puck from the side boards that beat Brodeur over the glove for his first goal of the series.

Jeff Carter’s powerplay goal at 9:08 of the period tied the game at one.

With Niedermayer in the box for interference, Daniel Briere held the puck in the Devils zone. He passed the puck to Carter, who was coming out from behind the net. Carter skated the puck through the right circle, and released a slap shot that beat Brodeur for his first goal of the series.

The Flyers outshot the Devils, 12-8, in the second period. The Devils lead the overall shot category, 20-19.

It’s also been one of those games for the Devils. After talking about how they needed to improve their powerplay, the Devils came out buzzing with their first few opportunities. But they’ve settled back into their familiar play, holding the puck too long and not making things happen with aggressive play. They will begin the third period with 1:56 of powerplay time (James van Riemsdyk roughing minor with 4.6 seconds left in the second period), and it’s do or die time for the Devils.

The Devils had killed off the Flyer’s two previous powerplay attempts before the Carter goal. The Flyers’ have now scored a powerplay goal in each of the series’ five games.

Kovalchuk scored a powerplay goal at 12:24 of the period to give the Devils the lead.

With both Braydon Coburn and Chris Pronger in the box, the Devils took advantage of a 5-on-3 powerplay. Zach Parise sent a pass up the ice, springing the Devils on a 4-on-2. Kovalchuk moved into the zone, and used a fake shot to freeze Blair Betts. Kovalchuk cut to the right circle and fired a shot on net that beat Brian Boucher for Kovalchuk’s second goal of the series.

 

The Devils are playing awful defense right now. The Flyers are getting some in-tight opportunities, and the Flyers have already put eight shots on net. The Devils are going to need to tighten it up if they expect to keep this lead.

Brodeur just saved the lead after a Devils’ turnover. With the Devils breaking out, Travis Zajac attempted a drop pass that was intercepted at the blue line. The Flyers’ moved in, with Daniel Carcillo in front. The puck went to the front, where Brodeur made the initial save. The puck trickled to the slot, where Simon Gagne fired a wrist shot. Brodeur, lying on his side, made the glove save to rob Gagne.

The Devils had a dicey penalty kill early in the second period. With Dainius Zubrus in the box for cross-checking, the Flyers kept the puck in the Devils’ zone for most of the advantage. They got some great opportunities, but Brodeur made the saves to keep the team ahead.

With both Braydon Coburn and Chris Pronger in the box, the Devils took advantage of a 5-on-3 powerplay. Zach Parise sent a pass up the ice, springing the Devils on a 4-on-2. Kovalchuk moved into the zone, and used a fake shot to freeze Blair Betts. Kovalchuk cut to the right circle and fired a shot on net that beat Brian Boucher for Kovalchuk’s second goal of the series.

That goal came from three-straight powerplay chances for the Devils, beginning with Richards’ penalty at 8:59 of the period. They had two 5-on-3 opportunities, but the first only lasted for six seconds.

Kovalchuk played a solid first period. After being held shotless, the left-winger put five shots on net, and almost had two goals in the period.

The Devils led the period in shots, 12-7.

Brodeur looked sharp in the first period. The Flyers put some solid pressure on net near the end of the period, including a 2-on-0 in front of the net. Brodeur made the saves to keep the Devils ahead, but the Devils are going to need to stay aggressive.

Ilya Kovalchuk almost gave the Devils an early lead. With Richards in the box for tripping, the Devils worked the puck to the point. Kovalchuk fired a shot on net that rang off the post.

Mike Richards had the game’s first scoring chance 2:44 into the first period. With Rob Niedermayer in the box for hooking, the Flyers controlled the puck in the Devils’ zone. The puck popped in the air behind the net, and Richards gloved it down. He came out from behind the net and put a backhanded shot on net that Martin Brodeur stopped.

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Here were tonight’s starting lineups:

Devils:

Zach Parise-Travis Zajac-Jamie Langenbrunner; Paul Martin-Andy Greene; Martin Brodeur

Flyers:

Simon Gagne-Mike Richards-Daniel Carcillo; Matt Carle-Chris Pronger; Brian Boucher

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The Flyers defeated the Devils, 3-2, in overtime Sunday night. Philadelphia leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

Martin Brodeur will start in net tonight for the Flyers. The Devils goalie is stuck on 99 career playoff victories, and one tonight would make him the second NHL goalie to reach the 100-goal playoff victory plateau. Patrick Roy leads all goalies with 151 playoff wins.

Philadelphia hasn’t been kind to Brodeur. He’s 0-4 in his last four playoff appearances in Philadelphia.

The Devils don’t fare well after losing game three. The team is only 3-13 after dropping a game three in the playoffs. Philadelphia, on the other hand, is 21-9 after winning game three.

Brian Boucher will start in net for the Flyers.

Here are, what I believe, are the line combinations (from Sunday night’s game):

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Zach Parise – Patrik Elias – Dainius Zubrus

Ilya Kovalchuk – Travis Zajac – Jamie Langenbrunner

Brian Rolston – Rob Niedermayer – David Clarkson

Pierre-Luc Letourneau Leblond – Dean McAmmond – Matt Corrente

defenseman

Andy Greene – Bryce Salvador

Mike Mottau – Colin White

Paul Martin – Martin Skoula

netminder

Martin Brodeur

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