Philadelphia Flyers Overcome Penalty Woes; Beat New Jersey Devils in OT

April 18th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Coming into Sunday night’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils, both teams had to be unhappy with their overall play.

For New Jersey, Martin Brodeur’s inability to stop the puck and his team's penchant for taking undisciplined penalties had cost them in the win department. For Philadelphia, their defensive woes and tendency for giving up too many shots had cost them dearly, leading to a game two loss.

Forwards Zach Parise, Patrick Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk have been the best players for the Devils; for the Flyers it’s been goaltender Brian Boucher, defenseman Chris Pronger and forward Mike Richards have been their go-to guys.

Throughout the first two matches, both teams have been extremely physical, hitting opposing players at every opportunity and getting under each others skin, leading to numerous scrums after the whistle. This physical style plays right into the Flyers' wheelhouse. Let’s face it, in the long run, the Devils would be wise to avoid getting into this type of game, which they did in game three.

The Flyers came out of the blocks playing some very undisciplined hockey, finding themselves on the ...

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