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.

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