The Devils and Flyers are tied, 2-2, in overtime of the third game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series at the Wachovia Center.
Brodeur continued his strong play at net, stoning Jeff Carter at 19:27 of the period. After a shot went to the front of the net, Carter tried to stuff the puck past Brodeur. Brodeur extended the left pad and made the save, keeping the Devils in the game.
The Flyers outshot the Devils, 12-3, in the third period and lead the overall shot category, 28-18.
The Flyers have absolutely been taking it to the Devils, outshooting them, 10-1, in the third period. The Devils haven’t recorded a shot on net in 10 minutes.
Brodeur has literally kept the Devils in this game. With the Devils pressing in the Flyers’ zone, Scott Hartnell tipped the puck to center ice. He beat Andy Greene and moved in on Brodeur with Danny Briere on a 2-on-1. He passed the puck to Briere on the left, who let go a shot from the low left circle. Brodeur slid across the crease and made the save.
Bryce Salvador also helped on the play, getting back and putting his stick on Briere’s to alter the shot.
Brodeur just became his best penalty killer, stopping three great Flyers’ chances on the powerplay at 10:12 of the third period. A shot from the point was re-directed by Giroux in front, and Brodeur went to the splits to make the save. The puck then trickled to the side of the net, where Gagne took control. Brodeur, sitting on the ice, made two saves with his glove before squeezing the puck to his pads for the stoppage in play.
The Devils, so far, are only 2-for-8 with the man advantage tonight. They’ve only managed six shots on net with their eight opportunities.
Rolston’s second powerplay goal of the game at 16:38 of the second period tied the game at two.
Kovalchuk set up along the side boards on the powerplay, where he received a pass from Elias. The left-winger sent a pass to Rolston at the point, and Rolston fired a one-timer on net. Zubrus screened Boucher, and the puck went through the skates and into the back of the net for Rolston’s second powerplay tally of the game.
Mike Richards gave the Flyers an early lead, 2-1, only 1:15 into the second period. Simon Gagne went behind the net, hitting Devils’ defenseman Mark Fraser and creating a turnover. Flyers’ forward Daniel Carcillo took the puck and sent it towards the goal. Richards chipped the puck over Brodeur for his second goal of the series.
The Flyers outshot the Devils, 8-5, in the first period.
The first period didn’t see much 5-on-5 action. The Devils went 1-for-4 with the man advantage, while the Flyers went 1-for-2.
Claude Giroux tied the game at one apiece with his powerplay goal at 8:49 in the first period. With Matt Corrente in the box for high sticking, Timonen took a shot from the left point. Giroux, who snuck behind Colin White, deflected the puck past Martin Brodeur for his second goal of the series.
Brian Rolston’s first goal of the series gave the Devils an early 1-0 lead. With Kimmo Timonen in the box for hooking, Ilya Kovalchuk set up Rolston for a straight-on point shot. Rolston initially faked the pass, getting Ian Laperriere to slide down to the ice. Rolston blasted a shot low that went through a Dainius Zubrus screen and past Brian Boucher for his first goal of the series.
The Devils haven’t looked good on their first two powerplay chances tonight. They aren’t getting set up, and they can’t get any pressure on Boucher and the defense.
Brian Rolston-Rob Niedermayer-Jamie Langenbrunner; Colin White-Mike Mottau; Martin Brodeur
Scott Hartnell-Jeff Carter-Danny Briere; Braydon Coburn-Kimmo Timonen; Brian Boucher
Tonight’s scratches for the Devils are Jay Pandolfo, Vladimir Zharkov, Martin Skoula and Anssi Salmela
Game three may be the penultimate game in the series for the Devils. When New Jersey wins game three, they are 13-3 all time. When they lose game three, they are 3-13.
Martin Brodeur attempts to become only the second goalie all-time to record 100 postseason victories. Patrick Roy is the all-time leader with 151 career postseason victories.