May 1, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT
The Devils finally broke through in the third period, scoring three goals on Bryzgalov and then adding an empty netter. Adam Larsson, inserted into the lineup in place of the injured Ilya Kovalchuk, tied the game at 1-1 after collecting a nice misdirection pass from former Flyer Dainus Zubrus. Larsson beat Bryz high to the glove side. The goal was a long time coming and in hindsight was probably inevitable.
A little over eight minutes later David Clarkson potted his first of the playoffs – the game winner – cleaning up a rebound in front of Bryzgalov.
Travis Zajac added a third before Bryce Salvador chipped in the empty netter for the final 4-1 margin of victory.
Everything the Flyers did tonight was along the perimeter. Credit to the Devils for funneling play outside, but the Flyers did not seem willing to pay the price to get to the dangerous areas in front of Martin Brodeur (who was called on to make just 19 saves). Perhaps the Flyers were too mindful of Brodeur’s puck-handling ability, which affected their dump-ins, but each time they played a puck to the corner a Devils defenseman was there to win the puck.
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