Twist of fate: Flyers stomp Marty and the Devils, 5-1

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It’s pretty amazing when you think about, actually. For years there was one team the Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t beat and, they were the New Jersey Devils. Now, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins who Philly cannot defeat and its the Devils who the Flyers now own.

The Flyers beat down the Devils last night 5-1 from the Wachovia Center, snapping their five-game losing streak. Brian Boucher, who has been maligned excessively as of late, showed up and played a stellar game between the pipes to secure a win.

It was a win that came after the captain Mike Richards held a closed-door meeting where he and the leadership group of the team talked to their teammates. The words of wisdom from Richards and others must have paid dividends, it showed on the ice through the determination and heart the Flyers showed beating New Jersey.

“It was real big,” Chris Pronger said. “Obviously, after yesterday’s game, and the last few, we wanted to take advantage of home ice and come out with a lot better start. We were able to do that. We played with a lot more grit, a lot more determination, and hopefully that’s a sign that we’re starting to understand how we need to play to be successful.”

The Flyers came out firing when the returning Matt Carle snipped one past Marty Brodeur 53 seconds into the first period. From there the Flyers dominated the play on the ice. The devils looked parched and couldn’t really formulate a decent rush or even a designed play. Ville Leino put the Flyers up 2-0 at 8:18 of the first.

There has been one constant lately during this five-game winless streak, the disaster of the Flyers power-play. In their past six games the Flyers power-play was 0-for-21 until Kimmo Timonen scored on the man-advantage 45 seconds into the second frame. FINALLY.

With just under a minute to go in the second period, Lukas Krajicek netted his first goal as a member of the orange and black to make 4-0 Philadelphia. That was the last time we saw Brodeur in net.

Brodeur was pulled after two periods of play for Yann Danis.

Boucher handled quite a few good shots by the Devils. Key saves on Patrick Elias at 7:00 and another on Jamie Langenbrunner from the left point at 7:14. The Flyers had yet to put a shot on Danis. The Devils only goal came from Ilya Kovalchuk when he put a one-timer past Boucher at 10:20 of the third.

The Flyers shot right back with a goal from, guess who, Simon Gagne. Gagne beat Danis from the left side off a nice pass from Leino, that made it 5-1 and the Flyers finished the game out shooting the Devils 9-1 in the final period.

The flyers are now tied for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with just seven games to play.

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