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Discuss: Ponikarovsky emerges as an overtime hero vs Flyers

Ilya Bryzgalov, Patrik Elias

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 03: Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on after Patrik Elias #26 of the New Jersey Devils scored a goal against him in the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on May 3, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers got two power-play opportunities in overtime, but they couldn’t take advantage of either one. The momentum shifted to New Jersey Devils after they successfully killed off the second penalty and Alexei Ponikarovsky got one by Ilya Bryzgalov to earn a 4-3 victory. The Devils have now claimed a 2-1 series lead.

  • Sean Couturier left the game due to a lower-body injury.
  • Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk scored just 20 seconds apart in the first period. That’s six seconds faster than the previous franchise record for back-to-back goals in a playoff game.
  • Danny Briere has eight goals in nine playoff games after scoring just 16 goals in 70 regular season contests.
  • Four of the Devils’ last five games have gone to overtime.