An overtime victory launched the Flyers into round two and a 1 game to 0 lead over that team up the road in Jersey, a game that featured a little bit of everything for the hockey fan including two bites at a game winning apple for Danny Briere.
Denied his first attempt in Game one after a kicked puck, Briere was given a second opportunity to win one for the home side with his overtime marker from the blue line which found its way through the traffic and in behind the Devils Martin Brodeur.
The Devils 40 year goaltender once again did his best to keep the Devils around in game one, facing an onslaught of Flyers with but one mission to get to the net and cause mayhem, Brodeur was screened, bumped, run over and yapped at for most of the game and yet it was a seeing eye shot from Briere that proved to be the difference in game one.
The Devils beyond having to apply more pressure to the Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov, need to clear the lanes in their own end, making the Flyers earn their goals through hard work and the occasional hit for their troubles.
Game one most likely sets the template for this series, one which will see much of the same, most likely running through to a Game 7 showdown, which if this first one was any indication will require overtime.
Game Two -- New Jersey 4 at Philadelphia 1
The series is tied at 1 game each
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Globe and Mail-- Can the Devils win without Kovalchuk
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