Of all the snipers on both teams, who would have seriously predicted that Dan Carcillo would be the man to light the lamp in OT? It was game in which the Flyers dominated and earned the victory. From the beginning, however, it didn’t seem it would be that way. Four lazy penalties in the first 10 minutes gave NJ the upper hand. Luckily, they managed only one goal out of all that time. Rolston fired a shot from the point that manged to get through. The Flyers answered right back with a beautiful goal. Timonen fired a slap pass from the point that went through Colin White’s legs (or right past them, hard to tell even from replays) where Giroux was coasting. He tapped it home, and things were even.
Flyers continued to dominate in the second, and their hard work paid off early. A little over a minute in, a Devils defenseman carried the puck behind the net. Gagne hit him hard, separating him from the puck. Carcillo grabbed the loose disk, tossed it out front, and Richards banged it home. They tried to extend the lead, but Brodeur was sensational. He was all over the place, playing like a top notch goalie should. As the Flyers continued to keep the pressure up, he kept the over-matched Devils in the game. Late in the second, another powerplay goal by Rolston tied things up. In the third, the Flyers didn’t let the Devils breathe, let alone skate. They dominated puck possession even harder, and make a strong push for the goal. Odd man rushes, cross-ice passes, shots from in close, wraparounds; nothing worked, as Brodeur continued to deny all takers.
As time ticked away and we headed to the extra session, both teams had reason to feel optimistic. The Flyers had played well, and were on control of the entire game. The Devils had Brodeur playing as well as he possibly could, so they could sit and wait for their chance. That chance never came, as the Flyers continued to push. A hooking call on Clarkson gave the Flyers a rare overtime powerplay. NJhad nearly killed it off, but with 6 seconds remaining the faceoff was in their defensive zone. Richards won it, and a Gagne shot went behind the net. Richards retrieved it quickly, and came out to the right side. He took two whacks at the puck, with the second one sending it through the crease. All of the defenders in the area were looking at him and marking Gagne, who was camped out in front. Carcillo moved in, unmarked, and had any empty net to tap the puck into. Brodeur didn’t even move, he could only drop his head as the goal horn went off and the fans exploded out of their seats. Carcillo was so excited that as he galloped away, his head was on a swivel and he had no idea who to hug. His teammates made it easy, as they all mobbed him.
Now the Flyers lead the series 2-1, and Game 4 is Tuesday.
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