Flyers Ice The Devils

With the acquistion of Ilya Kovalchuk, you would think the Devils would be unstoppable.  Well, the Flyers certainly stopped them in their tracks with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.  Once again, the Flyers fell behind 2-0 early.  The first tally was a simple wrister by Travis Zajac that trickled throughout Michael Leighton’s pads.  The second goal was cheap as well.  It was a shot that deflected off Kimmo Timonen’s skate and into the net.  Just eight minutes in, the Flyers had a huge mountain to climb against arguably the greatest goalie of all time.  Just like Monday night, that didn’t stop them.

Just 32 seconds later, Arron Asham got a pass from Claude Giroux and wristed it by Martin Brodeur.  It was Asham’s 1st career goal against the Devils.  In the 2nd period, Jeff Carter tied it up with a wicked wrister.  The game remained tied through regulation and headed for overtime.  Neither team could seem to score in the opening three minutes of overtime.  Simon Gagne changed all that.  Gagne made a beautiful move manuvering around a Devils defender and wristed the puck past Brodeur and gave the Flyers the 3-2 win.  Gagne broke his 12 game goal-less drought and sent the Flyers home with a 2 game sweep and the overall win of the season series.

The Flyers head back to Philadelphia where the Montreal Canadiens await on Friday night.  The Canadiens are coming off an impressive victory of their win.  They defeated the Washington Capitals Wednesday and halted the Capitals’ 14 game winning streak with a 6-5 overtime win.  The Flyers now have 63 points and are in the 7th place in the Eastern Conference.  If the season ended today, they would face the Devils.  What a series that would be.  It would be extremely beneficial for the Flyers to move up to 6th place.  The Canadiens hold that spot with 64 points.  With another home and home series with Montreal this weekend, the Flyers could take a commanding lead of 6th place in the conference.

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