Richards, Carcillo sink Devils in OT to take 2-1 lead

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It was flat-out physically and emotionally draining. Every-shift and every period have proved to be crucial. One would think after just two games, these players have nothing left. Don’t tell captain Mike Richards and Dan Carcillo that.

Carcillo netted the overtime game winner in last night’s Flyers 3-2 defeat of the New Jersey Devils to take a 2-1 series lead. With the Wachovia Center electrifying, the Flyers and Devils put forth an amazingly satisfying contest that ended with the Philadelphia faithful going home happy and voiceless.

“Richie and [Simon] Gagne were banging away and they seemed occupied with those two guys and I snuck in there back door,” Carcillo said. “Luckily, it squirted out and I had a pretty easy tap-in.”

“You never know,” said Flyer captain Richards. “You get a power play in overtime and if you don’t capitalize, it usually goes the other way. I was relieved when it went in.”

Of all the talented players, the high-salaried players on this FLyers squad, how great was it to see Carcillo be the guy to sink his first OT game winner past Marty Brodeur?

“Yeah, no kidding,” Carcillo replied. Mr. Modest.

The game definitely didn’t begin so flattering for the home team. Five penalties were called against the Flyers in the first period alone, three in the first seven minutes. The Devils Brian Rolston cashed in on the Kimmo Timonen hooking call at 7:15. Just over a minute later Claude Giroux, who continues to play out of his mind, scored a power-play goal after a Matthew Corrente high-sticking call. That had things nodded at 1-1 at the end of the first frame.

“I’m very disappointed in the number of penalties we took,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “The penalties we took were lazy penalties. Too many hooks, too many holds. We need to let our legs do our work and keep our sticks on the ice.

Referees seemed to forget that this was a playoff game and the glory of NHL playoffs are to let these guys play.  Brad Watson and Brad Meier had other plans, and it basically hurt the quality of hockey for the first two periods.

The Flyers struck back quick at just 1:15 into the second period when Richards took a pass from Carcillo in the slot and shot the puck past Brodeur to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.

“It was a broken play,” Richards said. “Danny kind of picked it up from behind the net. I knew that he had seen me. I was just ready for the pass.”

The Flyers took three more infractions in the second period, the second being the dagger. Braydon Coburn hit the box for interference at 15:32. Rolston struck again for yet another power-play goal. Just like that, it was 2-2 heading into the final period. Both Devils goals were the product of good screening from Dainius Zubrus. Boucher couldn’t see either goal.

The third period prove to be a defensive battle, only on the Devils end though. The Flyers controlled the offensive play throughout the period. Broudeur was making great save after save to try to spark some sort of life into his forwards.

Both Ilya Kovalchuk and Zack Parise combined for just two shots. Kovalchuk had zero of those two.

“I think both [Parise] and Kovalchuk, we tried to limit and take away their time and space as much as possible,” Chris Pronger said. “Our forwards did a great job of reloading back through the middle and forcing them to dump a lot of pucks maybe they didn’t want to.

After 60 minutes of play the game was tied 2-2 and overtime was approaching. Overtime was just the same as the third period for the Flyers. They controlled the whole offensive gameplay. Until Carcillo closed it out with the tap-in from Richards.

Overall, the game was spectacular. It had everything that a playoff game was supposed to have despite the happy whistles.

“They had a lot of power plays and when you get that many power plays, you’re going to get some chances,” Boucher said. “Get some traffic and they got a couple goals. I thought other than that, we played a real solid game defensively and offensively. We threw everything at them.”

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