Liveblog: Devils beat Flyers 3-1, advance to Eastern Conference final

Devils celebrate

Say goodnight, Kate Smith.
God bless parity.

Another top seed is out of the playoffs.

Ilya Kovalchuk, who is having great playoffs, fired a rocket past Ilya Bryzgalov on a New Jersey power play to seal the deal in five games.
With Claude Giroux watching from the stands, Philadelphia couldn’t generate enough offence to beat New Jersey’s rock-solid defensive system.
Bottom line: New Jersey’s best outplayed Philadelphia’s.
Jaromir Jagr was invisible in the series, as were James Van Riemsdyk and Wayne Simmonds.
In the end, the Flyers may have been hurt by their easy conquest of the Penguins.
The Devils had a tough series against Florida, going to OT in the seventh game in the Panthers building.
They were battle-tested, and ready to advance.

BTW, Bryzgalov is signed until 2020.

And Phoenix, his old team, has Mike Smith.

The Flyers join the Bruins, Penguins, Canucks, Blues, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Predators as upset victims.

Here’s a wild stat: the Devils are the highest-scoring regular-season team still alive in the playoffs.

Another one: Only three of 25 highest salaried players are still active in playoffs: Brad Richards, Marion Gaborik and Alexander Ovechkin.


  1. otter649 says:

    Flyers only 8 more years of Bryzlogov goaltending to go…….

  2. kempie says:

    So, I guess the playoffs are now officially douchebag-free. Well, Mike Richards, but relatively free. Suck it Hartnell.

  3. HabFanSince72 says:

    Nice suit Giroux.

  4. twilighthours says:

    Don’t blame bryzgalov, the devils were just plain better

  5. habsfaninboston says:

    Good bye Philties!

  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    Wasn’t Bryz’s fault.

  7. temekuhabs says:

    Gnight u foookers!

  8. commandant says:

    For something that was “called right away” it took Bob Cole quite a long time to figure out that was no goal.

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  9. otter649 says:

    Bob Cole said Flyer Fans are giving up – So They’re going home (Flyers/Russians)……..

  10. In other news, 9 year old Meagan Oliver goes 1 for 1, RBI and one Run in her first official fastball game.

    Up next Matthew Oliver’s first baseball game.

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  11. Chuck says:

    This is for messing with Pat’s car.

    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  12. frontenac1 says:

    Bob Cole just said if Bobby Clarke was playing it would be different tonight! Come on,you gotta love Cole!LOL!

  13. HabFanSince72 says:

    Oh well Jagr. You can go back to being a right wing politician now.

  14. Stormin says:

    Fans starting to Matt Read the writing on the wall, and concession stands have cut off the Daniel Briere Taps, na na na na

  15. hansolo says:

    Man, I have to admit i was way wrong at the start of the season. I thought the Devils and the Sens would compete for last in the East — both ending up outplaying my Habs. I thought the Devils would be hamstrung by Kovalchuk’s contract and the fines and loss of draft position the contract entailed. I thought Kovalchuk’s contract would be alienate him from his team-mates.

    Great job by Lou Lamoriello and Peter Deboer, regardless of whether the Devils advance after this series. They’ve had a great season.

    Good thing I’m not an NHL GM. But I can’t help wondering why JM and PG couldn’t build a team that could forecheck and stand up for itself? Why did we dump and chase without a forecheck to speak of and why, when we made it a practice to turn the other cheek, were we among the league leaders in minor penalties? We were really really badly served by our previous regime. Let’s hope Bergevin, Dudley and co. change all that.

  16. HabinBurlington says:

    Nice, Galley with a tribute to Clarke showing multiple dirty hits, ahh yes Gary you do indeed know good hockey.

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    Did we help vigneault and Quenneville keep their jobs by being so interested in them.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Perhaps Molson would have been better off keeping PG around a couple more weeks aksing about those two, then both would be immediately fired and then upon firing PG, Bergevin could have had his choice.

    • habstrinifan says:

      That’s a very insightful observation. Methinks you are right!

  18. frontenac1 says:

    Flyers fans starting to get UGLY!

  19. punkster says:

    Nothing but respect for this Devils team. No matter how much of a headache they and particularly Brodeur have been to the Habs I can’t help but admire their play. It may not be exciting hockey but it’s disciplined, organized, and doesn’t depend on cheap shots or intimidation.

    Then there’s Kovalchuk. What a gem.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • Chuck says:

      Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Quite true – and they can forecheck quite well, which is the difference between this team and, say, the Habs playing JM defensive style where they get trapped in their own zone, chasing down the puck and it becomes a shooting gallery on the goaltender.

      • HardHabits says:

        I said this during another Devils-Flyers game that the Devils, for a defensively oriented hockey team, sure do fore-check effectively. They often send in three players.

        As Boone stated at 10:02. A very well coached team.

  20. Stormin says:

    Down goes Hartnell

  21. Habilis says:

    Bob Cole says “Still 3-1, They’re within striking distance” Against Marty Brodeur in the third period of an elimination game… I think not.

  22. Habsolutely says:

    Enjoying a nice glass of Bacardi and diet pop, and also enjoying watching Philly goons lose. Jersey is just a very well put together team. Well coached, good management. I’m gonna root for Marty the rest of the way.

  23. Stormin says:

    Rumor has it Molson really wants Briere

  24. HabFanSince72 says:

    Devils are very impressive. Plus it would be nice for Larry Robinson’s name to be engraved on the cup once more.

  25. mrhabby says:

    Suck it ed Snider.

  26. HabinBurlington says:

    Jagr and Briere have been invisible tonight from an offensive perspective (Briere did have the shot on the post).

  27. otter649 says:

    Nice spear by Briere on Carter? that’s where Girioux gets his tips on being a chippy player……

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I heard an interview at start of the season on the radio with a flyer player (can’t remember who) he mentioned himself that Briere has mastered the art of extra little stickwork and how essentially dirty Briere plays.

  28. RGM says:

    Boston and Philly out early.

    This is a win for hockey.

    GO HABS GO! Maybe 2012-13 will be our year!
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    • otter649 says:

      Win for hockey – Bad for hockey pools……

      • RGM says:

        In fairness, Fleury was an unexpected boon to anybody that had Flyers players. Life is all about balance. LOL

        GO HABS GO! Maybe 2012-13 will be our year!
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  29. frontenac1 says:

    I loved the Gumper! Read a true story of when he was first signed by the Rangers out of Verdun. It was pre season training camp on an outdoor football field.All the guys were doing exercises and lifting weights,and the owner shows up and asks a reporter”So where’s this new goalie we signed?” The reporter pointed across the field and there’s the Gumper.He’s walking around the track,smoking a cigar, wearing shorts,black knee socks and Brogues!.

  30. hansolo says:

    That guy Kovalchuk is a playoff performer. With a name like that, he must be a good old farm boy from Saskatchewan, the Devils must be happy he’s not some enigmatic Russian floater who doesn’t give a crap about the Stanley Cup.

  31. L Elle says:

    Olé Olé Olé

  32. HabinBurlington says:

    Have to believe refs are going to be looking to give Philly a powerplay. Discipline will be key for the Devils.

  33. habsfaninboston says:

    Lights out!

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    Wonderful, great discipline Philly, just wonderful.

  35. otter649 says:

    Bob Cole called that goal…….

  36. temekuhabs says:


  37. Propwash says:


    “Access Forbidden” gettin’ ya down?
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  38. Stormin says:

    I think Jacques Lemaire created an ISO manual for all future New Jersey coaches to follow.

  39. HabinBurlington says:

    I guess Craig Berube as Asst. Coach for the flyers is in charge of cheap shots, late hits and other equally important parts of the Flyers Special teams package?

  40. Stormin says:

    I could see Hal Gill returning to the Penguins, as this playoff season illustrated there huge deficiencies in defensive zone coverage and the PK

  41. temekuhabs says:

    Ol Martin F. is going to do it again!

  42. kempie says:

    Still fun watching the Flyers lose. Always fun.

  43. Ron says:

    Most of the Flyer players will need an exorcism performed on them before they go back to their families after the playoffs. Some very bad vicious sh*t handed out by them.

  44. HabinBurlington says:

    Yes Ron, Holtby has checked out, but washington will keep starting him in net. Oh Ronnie has become fingernails on chalkboard.

  45. 24 Cups says:

    “Hal Gill on Twitter: Stats are for losers!”

    I take it he doesn’t subscribe to EOTP.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I loved the post Boone put up from Gill earlier about playing in two great cities. Gill is going to become a really good coach if chooses to go that route.

      • Mike Boone says:

        Scott Gomez, who’s better as a wit than a hockey player, commented on Gill’s tendency to talk A LOT in the room. If Gill were a coach, Gomez said, “he’d lose the team in a week.” Seriously, though, he’s a good guy. 1000+ games with his skating and offensive “skills”. Amazing.

        Mike Boone
        Hockey Inside/Out blogger
        Gazette City columnist

  46. Stormin says:

    I would have to say putting the Flyers jersey on,, is like diving head first into the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal

  47. 24 Cups says:

    Man, the Penguins must totally be pissed right now. Not to mention the Bruins. Did both of these teams peak too early during the regular season?

    A Devils-Coyotes final could send the NHL back to the dark ages.

  48. 24 Cups says:

    Glad to see another crucial playoff game where the refs are less than consistent.

  49. frontenac1 says:

    I almost forgot why I disliked the Flyers so much.Its all coming back now

  50. 24 Cups says:

    My wife, the 2nd most intelligent poster on this site, has just informed me that I should go with the Blueberry Tea sans tea.

  51. Bripro says:

    Phyllie fans!
    It doesn’t look like they’ve changed much since our Habs met them in the division final.
    I can just imagine the blog sites, with all the non-calls they’re booing to.
    Jersey’s my new lost leader for these playoffs.

  52. habsfan0 says:

    Martin Brodeur is no Marc Andre Fleury, much to the Flyers’ chagrin.

  53. twilighthours says:

    The flyers have even turned good guys like couturier and giroux into arseholes. Why is couturier chirping everyone?

  54. HabinBurlington says:

    Uhhmm excuse me Galley you neandrathal idiot, Rinaldo has crossed the line on at least 2 hits already. So happy he works for me as a Cdn Taxpayer.

  55. frontenac1 says:

    Galley is a burned out Bruin. Nuff said

  56. L Elle says:

    Philly just can’t wash that 40-year filth off.

    Go Devils Go!

  57. twilighthours says:

    How can anyone cheer for the flyers?

  58. frontenac1 says:

    Looks like Flyers are starting to Goon it up!

  59. habsfaninboston says:

    Cheap shot by Rinaldo. And he only gets 2 min.

  60. HabinBurlington says:

    Rinaldo has been out for blood since drop of the puck. I hate Philadelphia.

  61. temekuhabs says:

    Rinaldo! What a cretin!

  62. HabinBurlington says:

    I think Gary Galley actually enjoys it when players are injured. Boston should consider retiring his number, he epitomizes Bruin hockey.

  63. Propwash says:

    Philthy fans booing the guy getting up.

    “Access Forbidden” gettin’ ya down?
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  64. otter649 says:

    Jagr is showing his advanced age (40) on the ice the last few games……..

  65. 24 Cups says:

    I hate to admit it but I’m enjoying this game even though it’s not the Habs who are playing.

    Do I open a 2nd bottle of wine or just settle for a Rusty Nail or a double Blueberry Tea?

  66. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay I am calling it now, Gomez with a hat trick next year.

    Did I mention he will have a Bulldog uniform on playing against the Philadelphia Phantoms with Bryzgalov in net?

  67. Captain aHab says:

    Anybody else not real impressed by Wayne Simmonds? Skates fast and that’s about it.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  68. habsfan0 says:

    The Flyers need Lauren Hart to make a reappearance.

    Frankly, I wouldn’t mind that either.

  69. L Elle says:

    Philly is looking more like the team that got swept last year, than the team that came back being down 3 games to win it against BOS.

  70. commandant says:

    What was Brodeur doing?

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  71. Stormin says:

    NJ wants it more , there compete level is noticeably higher

  72. HabinBurlington says:

    Scott Hartnell without Giroux reminds me of Moen.

  73. Malreg says:

    How can Philly leave Bryzgalov in nets? Every shot on net has a chance of going in.

    Is Bobrovsky really that bad?

  74. Captain aHab says:

    Kovalchuk is real expensive but what a shot he has.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  75. frontenac1 says:

    Bob Cole? Try smokin a rocket,really quite hilarious.

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