Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 10:35pm
Bryz's mistakes end Flyers' season
Updated Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:29pm
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|VIDEO: Talbot on end of season (AP Photo/Matt Slocom)|
New Jersey scored three goals after the Flyers' Max Talbot opened the scoring, as the Devils advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-1 win over Philadelphia.
The Flyers came out with energy in an elimination game without leading scorer Claude Giroux, who was suspended for his hit on Dainius Zubrus in Game 4, getting the first goal on a scramble in front of Martin Brodeur that was knocked by the former Penguin.
That would be the only offense the Flyers could muster, as again the Devils kept the Flyers on the perimeter, and when Philadelphia did get shots on net, Brodeur was sharp, making 27 out of 28 saves.
Meanwhile Ilya Bryzgalov struggled after playing well in the first four games, giving up a deflected slap shot by defenseman Bryce Salvador at the 9:27 mark of the opening period to tie the game at 1.
Just over 3 minutes later the Devils took the lead when Bryzgalov attempted a clear, only to have it go right off the leg of Devils' winger David Clarkson back into his net.
The game would stay 2-1 until the 5:00 mark of the 3rd period, when after James Van Riemsdyk took a penalty, only to have Ilya Kovalchuk blast a slapshot over the slow glove of Bryzgalov to give the Devils the 2-goal advantage.
The Flyers lost their 4th game in a row for just the second time this season.
Bryzgalov finished making 27 saves on 30 shots, as the Flyers saw a promising playoff run come to an end in the 2nd round.
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