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Discuss: Ponikarovsky emerges as an overtime hero vs Flyers

May 3, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 03: Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on after Patrik Elias #26 of the New Jersey Devils scored a goal against him in the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on May 3, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers got two power-play opportunities in overtime, but they couldn’t take advantage of either one. The momentum shifted to New Jersey Devils after they successfully killed off the second penalty and Alexei Ponikarovsky got one by Ilya Bryzgalov to earn a 4-3 victory. The Devils have now claimed a 2-1 series lead.

  • Sean Couturier left the game due to a lower-body injury.
  • Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk scored just 20 seconds apart in the first period. That’s six seconds faster than the previous franchise record for back-to-back goals in a playoff game.
  • Danny Briere has eight goals in nine playoff games after scoring just 16 goals in 70 regular season contests.
  • Four of the Devils’ last five games have gone to overtime.
  1. chill1184 - May 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Epic playoff victories in OT are Epic! Lets Go Devils!

  2. seaner44 - May 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Ya Pony! Go Devils

  3. martysbetter - May 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM


  4. pensswag91 - May 3, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    How many more Knock Knocks does that make for Philly now?

    • pensswag91 - May 3, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      Great win for The Devs, lovin their play!

  5. bobhpine - May 3, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Knock knock…

    Who’s there?

    No one…no one at all.

  6. GenoPringles - May 3, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Knock Knock… Who’s There??? Poner!!!! Great no show game by Claude GirWho?? FFilthy @1975

  7. Buffalo Grumblings - May 3, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Flyers almost done!! Where’s Moose DuPont when you need him?

  8. GenoPringles - May 3, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Mike Richards dropping the gloves in LA. What leadership. Who would want to trade a guy like that

    • cba77 - May 3, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      Hey Gino…this coming from a Bruins fan…a team that beat the bag out of yours would trade him. Dude, our season’s are over….you sound like an utter retard, and that’s probably insulting retards

    • obamablowz - May 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      Had a guy like that and all he did was show up late for practice, have “maintenance” days in the playoffs, snort coke, hung over, and GM Paul H. grab him by his neck at the team meeting in Buffalo last year in the playoffs and tell him “it’s over for you as C of our team.” FACT

  9. couturierfellatesguys - May 3, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    hahahahaa filthy sucks filthy sucks filthy sucks. lets go boys lets end these losers!!! soup can army backs the devils!!!

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 3, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      couteriers tampon fell out and he couldn’t get it back in

  10. chasemutley - May 3, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Didn’t you kids use those same jokes back when Penguin fans comments were still relevant?

    • kitshky - May 4, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      Kid, its kid.

      It’s not fans of the Pens, its the same kid who uses the same grammar and syntax in every blathering post and the same equation to come up with a name … random name+something about genetalia or sexuality = an army of one.

  11. rehmer2389 - May 3, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Lovin all these pens fans gettin some cheap shots in when their team isn’t even playing.

  12. martysbetter - May 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Fantastic return for Kovy, beautiful tape-to-tape pass to end it and an INCREDIBLE showing by the PK unit holding the mighty, unstoppable Flyers powerplay to ONE shot on goal over 2 PP chances in OT.

    Keep doubting this team.

  13. jeffsmith123 - May 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    I will never get tired of the whining Flyers losing in OT.

  14. cmdrsmooth - May 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Philly radio jockeys disrespecting Devils all month. Like what I am seeing and will hear tomorrow.

    • ml3939 - May 4, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      If you are talking about Missanelli, he is a complete joke and knows nothing about hockey. He picked St. Louis to come out of the Western Conference and didn’t even know Halak was there. He is a turd.

      • ml3939 - May 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        Did Missanelli thumbs this one down? If this was not a Pittsburgh douche and actually some from the Philly area, please defend this clown with more than a thumbs down. I would love to hear what you have to say.

  15. vindicatus - May 3, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Devils beat the filthy Flyers and the four refs wearing that puke orange under their stripes! Had them all the way!

    LET’S GO, DEVILS!!!!!

  16. vindicatus - May 3, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Oh yeah, Pierre is wearing orange pajamas too. He’s as biased as can be. Truly pathetic, NBC. Keep doubting and underestimating. Go, Devs, go!

  17. dawglb - May 3, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Pretty sure that was win #2, not #4….this series. Settle down folks. Getting all giddy over 2 wins……??

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 3, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      best player in the world is getting shut down by a 19 year old. he’s so composed!!!!

  18. dawglb - May 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Someone named girouxhasladyballs must be either chronologically 12 years old or emotionally 12 years old……

  19. obamablowz - May 3, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Flyers in 6

  20. GenoPringles - May 4, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Come on man, who here hasn’t snorted a little blow and shown up for work hungover. You act like you were signing his paychecks. Richards will get a cup before Filthy. FACT

    • kitshky - May 4, 2012 at 1:21 AM

      Well I for one doubt you even have a job, either because it interferes with your mother bringing you lunch while you lounge about the house in a robe (MAAM …MEATLOOAF!!) or more likely because youre jus a kid soo … I’d say you.

      Definitely going with you never having shown up to work hungover.

  21. vindicatus - May 4, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Yeah, just ask tonight’s refs. They certainly looked a little hung over tonight. Some of the calls tonight were an embarrassment to the NHL.

  22. myvickinabox14 - May 4, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Everyone relax. It’s 2-1. There is a lot of hockey left to be played. Don’t get to cocky Jersey.

  23. ml3939 - May 4, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    The Devils have played very well the last 2 games. The Flyers really blew it tonight. It seemed like after the first period they carried the play more than the Devils, not to say that the Devils played poorly beyond that point. Kind of reminds of the game 4 and 5 progression in the series against the Pens. Hopefully the Flyers pull off three games 6’s in a row. They could really use Meszaros right now, or even Bourdon. Lilja is again resembling the Lilja from the regular season.

    Pittsburgh must be the loneliest, most pathetic city there is. Your obsession with the Flyers is scary. If it were anywhere else I would be worried about a rabbit ending up in a boiling pot of water but because it is Pittsburgh I am more worried about the rabbit’s bowel being impacted.

    • fbothharbaughs - May 4, 2012 at 5:59 AM

      Not sure Pittsburgh’s “obsessed” w/Filthydelphia, sir.

      After all, prior to this year, the Flyers have gone down on, er, to, the Pens two straight years, both of which Pittsburgh went to the Stanley Cup Finals (winning one)…


      • ml3939 - May 4, 2012 at 8:37 AM

        Well, it seems there are more Pens fans commenting when the Flyers lose than Devils fans and the Pens have no stake in the playoffs. Do you guys out there have a meeting and come up with silly names mocking Flyers players’ names? Because that is all you seem to have beyond 1975. Do you guys talk about the Pens first 23 pathetic years of existence, blowing a 3-0 lead against the Islanders in a playoff series in 1975 (is that why you keep mentioning that year?), the multiple bankruptcies, the team intentionally losing games so they could draft Lemeiux, missing the playoffs 17 times or being so bad the team got the first or second overall pick four years in a row? What about being the Cup favorite this year and getting bounced in the first round?

  24. phillynac - May 4, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Flyers in 6. His did the Pens do tonight?

    • fbothharbaughs - May 4, 2012 at 5:55 AM

      “His did the Pens do tonight?”

      What does that even mean? A ringing endorsement for the City of Brothers & Guns’ educational system…

  25. wicky888 - May 4, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    Good game Devils, the Flyers finally seemed to have finally slowed down the cycling in the offensive zone, but the tight checking defense has still been a problem for us. Should be a great finish to the series.

    It’s awesome to see the Pens fans running their white trash mouths when the Flyers lose. Fortunately for the Flyers, there is still more hockey to be blamed. I can’t say the same about the Penguins. You have no more hockey to be played. So hang up your camoflouge Penguins gear in your trailer park closet, and leave the hockey discussions to the teams that are still relevent.

    • wicky888 - May 4, 2012 at 8:39 AM

      *…more hockey to be played

      • ml3939 - May 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        Keep on deflecting. I am sticking with the same topic throughout, Flyers vs. Penguins. I don’t care about the Eagles nor did I bring them up. That one is all you. They Flyers not winning a cup is one way to evaluate the franchise but it is not the only way. The only advantage the Penguins franchise has on the Flyers is one more championship. The first two could be classified as tainted as the Penguins intentionally lost games so they could draft Lemeiux and they certainly would not have won either cup without him (Pittsburgh probably would have a hockey team if they played with integrity in the past). The Flyers decisively trump the Penguins in all other comparative categories. You have nothing beyond 1975 and poor deflecting tactics.

    • fbothharbaughs - May 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Our “camoflouge” is in the closet next to the dictionary…

      Although I’m not sure if it’s “relevent” to our discussion… Stupid….

      • wicky888 - May 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Only people who wear camouflage know how to spell it. Thank you for proving my point. Please let me know if any of the following are spelled incorrectly: double wide, mullet, overalls, john deere, mountain folk, wrangler, flannel .

      • ml3939 - May 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        Do you just make stupid comments and run to posts with spelling and grammatical errors to criticize others? Why don’t you start with correcting you Pittsburgh brethren? Let them know about the overall pathetic past of the Pens franchise beyond the 3 cups. It is horrid.

      • fbothharbaughs - May 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM

        “you Pgh. brethren”? There you go again, Professor…

        And “beyond the 3 cups”?? Seeing as how Philly’s got just 2….

      • ml3939 - May 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        One blatant error or content? You took the bate and went for the typing omission. I am sure I know the difference between you and your. Your dumb ass has no defense for content beyond “3 cups.” The Islanders have 4 cups. Would you rather be a Penguins fan or an Islanders fan?

      • fbothharbaughs - May 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        “bate”, huh?

        Typical 75ers MORON…

      • ml3939 - May 10, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Yup, bait. I know how it should be spelled. Just waiting for you to avoid the obvious mistake, overcome your inferiority complex which is evident in all of your comments and make an intelligent criticism. Do you have anything other than 1975? No spelling or grammar errors for you this time.

      • fbothharbaughs - May 10, 2012 at 9:03 PM

        w/the length of that paragraph, how long did spell-check take?

      • ml3939 - May 11, 2012 at 1:26 AM

        All of your responses still lack any content relevant to the arguments at hand. You just continually deflect with spelling and grammar errors because you have nothing valid to add beyond “1975.” And why would I use spell check when I have you to do it for me?

      • fbothharbaughs - May 11, 2012 at 7:27 AM

        I’m still waiting for any type of substantive answer to “1975”. & I’m not deflecting your spelling & grammar errors, just pointing out your stupidity…

      • ml3939 - May 11, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        I guess stupidity has been redefined. I have just been making points. Spelling and grammatical errors have nothing to do with intelligence. They are just the result of quick typing. You clearly are deflecting every time. The Flyers are one of the most successful franchises in the history of the NHL. Every statistic beyond Stanley Cups proves this fact. The Islanders have won one more cup than the Penguins. Does that make them a more successful franchise than the Penguins?

      • fbothharbaughs - May 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        So… I’m deflecting due to you “fast typing”, but you’re not deflecting due to the fact that it’s been 37 yrs. since your last championship?

        Guess using your criteria, the Eagles are also one of the league’s most successful franchises, even though they also are perennial playoff chokers. That fine Philly-area edu-ma-cation is shining through…

  26. bergencountyjc - May 4, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Great game all around. As a Devils fan, I was incredibly nervous on those two Power Plays in OT. As others have stated, the series is only 2-1 with two talented teams playing their heart out every time. I wouldn’t even be too comfortable with a 3-1 lead against Philly. Got to respect a great opponent.

  27. cleverbob - May 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Really entertaining watching the last two, even thought it’s been frustrating watching the Flyers get outworked. The Devils have really asserted themselves.

  28. flyerfan48 - May 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    The calls were horrible. To both teams. And before you guys go saying Pierre is his knees for the Flyers, it’s NBC, not a hockey network. They’ll do anything for money, they don’t do it for hockey. So shut up about the game being lopsided on the calls and commentaters. You have clearly nothing elae to do and hate on everything that touches the Flyers.

  29. jkay1818 - May 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Where is “tackledummy”? You know the kid who trolls on every ranger article and does the constant copy and paste on how bad the rangers are and repeatedly asks “when was the last time they played a complete game?” and how they dont know how to win etc etc. Like i responded, you cant go by the first round, the pens didnt play a shred of D. Can’t count your chickens. I have always stated most philly fans on here are knowledgeable and more times than not, dont talk garbage and have been pretty respectful towards the rangers considering how lopsided their season series was. You already were wishing the rangers made the eastern finals just so the flyers (who you had in there already) could kill them. Slow down, both teams have a lot of work to do. Great series in the east going on right now.

  30. malkinrulez - May 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    2 more jersey! 1975

  31. couturierfellatesguys - May 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    wicky you are a one of kind smog mouth filled filthadelphian scum bag. your team is irrelevant because they are terrible and are already making excuses why your going to lose in a few days. holding and grabbing the players hahaaha I guess you poor bastards aren’t used to winning though its been almost 40 years lolol. I’ve said it a million times and ill say it again… born bred losers. and that show its always sunny sucks. END THEM

  32. couturierfellatesguys - May 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    ml1827, no one cares what you say. your as irrelevant as claude girioux. END THEM

  33. ml3939 - May 5, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Apparently you cared enough to respond. You better hope your boy fbothharbaughs does not see your error filled rambling. I’d hate to see him put one of his own douche’s on blast. And the only player at the NHL level from the Philly area playing for a Pennsylvania team is Eric Tangradi. I guess the Pens have the only born bred loser in your eyes. What a shame. Geez, I hope they don’t go bankrupt again.

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