The return of Ilya Kovalchuk proved to be a rather helpful thing as the Devils spurred on by his efforts on the night shut down the Flyers and grabbed game 3 of the best of seven series, taking a 2-1 lead in the series with the chance to take charge of things on Sunday night.
While Kovalchuk was the story in Game three, the Flyers did themselves no favours, defensive lapses proved costly and even line changes proved problematic for the Flying P, as the Devils took advantage of a sloppy change and scored the winning goal in overtime of the third game.
The prospect of a return to the Eastern final for the first time since 2003 will be on the minds of the Devils, who with a win on Sunday will be one more victory away from making the roster of the final four teams left on skates heading into the third round.
If Philly is to make its mark in this series, the time is running short and Game 4 is as good a place as any to knuckle down and get to work, considering how the Devils have played the Flyers through the first three, heading into the back end of the series down 3-1 is probably something the Flyers will wish to avoid.
Game Four-- Philadelphia 2 at New Jersey 4
New Jersey leads the series 3 games to 1
Previews and Reviews
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils beat Flyers, 4-2, in Game 4 and take 3-1 series lead
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Danius Zubrus on 3-1 lead over Flyers ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Marek Zidlicky proving to be valuable midseason...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils wait to see if Claude Giroux is suspended ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Should Claude Giroux be suspended for headshot?
Newark Star Ledger-- Even at 40, all Martin Brodeur does is win playoff games
NY Post-- Devils defeat Flyers, take 3-1 lead
NY Post-- Flyers' Giroux faces hearing for hit on Devils' Zubrus
NY Daily News-- Devils dig out of two goal deficit win 4-2 to take 3-1 series lead
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers dominated by Devils
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers' hopes appear to be dimming
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers have lost their mojo
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers playing 'almost scared'
Philadelphia Daily News-- Flyers lose Game 3 in overtime
Philadelphia Daily News-- Will Giroux face suspension for Zubrus hit?
Globe and Mail-- Devils push Flyers to the brink of elimination
National Post-- Devils outclass Flyers in more ways than one to take 3-1 series lead
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils Martin Brodeur downplays 40th birthday ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils refuse to become overconfident with 2-1 lead ...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils return to the ice for practice on Johan Hedberg's 39th birthday
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils come into Game 4 with belief Philadelphia Flyers now doubting...
Newark Star Ledger-- Devils' Zach Parise: "We're having a blast. It's been awesome"
NY Post-- Devils taking advantage of lacklustre Flyers
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Couturier listed as day-to-day
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers' stars need to step up and take control of the series...
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Mez looks ready; Couturier misses practice
Philadelphia Daily News-- How Claude Giroux came to be a Flyer
Philadelphia Daily News-- Laviolette hopes a day off will help Flyers refocus
Globe and Mail-- Brodeur hopes to celebrate 40th birthday with Game 4 win over Flyers
Globe and Mail-- Devils keep pounding away at Flyers and grab surprising 2-1 series lead
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