Philadelphia, P.A. – Ilya Bryzgalov and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, 3-0. They finished off the home-and-home with a promising win. The defense blocked shots, Bryz was solid in net, and the offense continued to score. Daniel Briere ended his goal-less streak dating back to January 7 where he scored a hat-trick.
The Flyers were in control of the game with the Coburn and the defense backing up Bryz, which allowed the offense to attack. The scoring began 11:07 seconds into the 2nd period when Sean Couturier shot a wrister that slipped past Martin Brodeur with an assist by Braydon Coburn. There would be no more scoring in the 2nd period. However, Couturier stealthily snuck in a little spear jab with his stick on Ilya Kovalchuk, which caused Ilya to retaliate and take a penalty. Couturier showed off his talent and maturity during this game, promising signs of development for the future star.
The next goal came 2:14 seconds into the 3rd period when Jake Voracek backhanded a goal past Brodeur with an assist by Danny Briere to make it 2-0 Flyers. Jake showed aggressiveness in fron tof the net, which is exactly what they need in the playoffs from other players also, such as Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell.
With about 5 minutes remaining in the game, a 4 on 4 opportunity caused the Devils to make a risky decision and pull their goalie, gambling on the extra man. It came back to haunt them as Danny Briere scored his first goal in over 2 months with outstanding assists by Jake Voracek and Braydon Coburn to help Briere bust out of his slump.
Hopefully, for Briere the goal-less streak is behind him and they “will come in bunches”.
The team could not have won without Bryzgalov’s stellar performance with his 3rd consecutive shutout, the first time for the Flyers since John Vanbiesbrouck back in 1999. It has now been proven that when Bryz plays with confidence, he is truly unbeatable. He received his 5th straight “first star” award at the Wells Fargo Center tonight. Bryz is continuing his recent up-trend and proving that he deserves his large paycheck. Hopefully, he will proceed with his performances into the playoffs.
The Flyers are now solely in 5th place in the Eastern Conference standings and are looking to catch the Penguins, as they look forward to Sunday’s matchup against the Pens in Philly.