Posted by: kristagolden | May 7, 2012

ECSF: Devils-Flyers Game 4 wrapup

Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils

4-2 Devils, Devils lead the series 3-1

Goals: Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux (Philadelphia), Petr Sykora, Marek Zidlicky and Dainius Zubrus x2 (New Jersey)

Goalies: Ilya Bryzgalov (39/42, 929); Martin Brodeur (20/22, .909)

Game Notes

– The Devils kept the Flyers in their own zone with some nice cycling, and the Flyers looked absolutely pooped out there.

Claude Giroux got the puck from Kimmo Timonen, sent the puck off Scott Hartnell‘s stick and past Martin Brodeur to make it 1-0 Flyers. Then Giroux on the breakaway kipped the puck over Brodeur’s leg to make it 2-0.

Marek Zidlicky got the an assist for his shot that deflected off Petr Sykora for a power play goal that put the Devils on the board. He later took  the pass from Bryce Salvador, beat James vanRiemsdyk to the net and sank the shot behind Ilya Bryzgalov to tie the game.

– In the second period, Steve Bernier was robbed by Bryz, who gloved the puck and kept it out even as he rolled around in net. Bernier would later whack at Bryz’s crotch in a failed attempt to chip the puck in the net.

– Let it be said that the Devils’ forechecking was really the bane of the Flyers’ existence.

Dainius Zubrus got the feed from Adam Henrique to make it 3-2 Devils. It’s not just the forechecking that kills the Flyers – it’s the puck cycling.

– Giroux nailed Zubrus in the head in the last few seconds of the second period  and was sent to the sin bin for an illegal check to the head penalty. He’s now been suspended for Game 5 for the hit.

– The announcers were blaming the condition of the ice on a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert the night before. That’s it, blame it all on that evil rock music.

– Zubrus got  tripped up but scored the ENG anyway to seal the game for the Devils. Brodeur was officially given a secondary assist.

– There was another Devils attempt at an ENG, but the buzzer sounded as it crossed the line and it didn’t count.

– All this happened on Brodeur’s 40th birthday. Hey, the Bruins won on Emma’s birthday, the Blackhawks won on mine, so why not?

I’ll bet they all had cake after the game.

Next Game

at Philadelphia Flyers

May 8

NBC Sports Network

We saw the Los Angeles Kings oust the St. Louis Blues, so maybe we’ll see the Devils do the same to the Flyers.

– Krista

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