Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 1: Danny Briere Scores Overtime Game-Winner

After an all-out assault on the Flyers goal, Danny Briere broke through to give Philly a 4-3 win on Sunday.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 1: Danny Briere 'Answers Bell' Once Again

Just as he has done so many times before in the postseason Briere 'answered the bell' when his team needed him most, further establishing himself as Philadelphia's "Mr. Clutch".

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 1 Final Score: Danny Briere Wins It (Twice) With OT Goal

Danny Briere won the hockey game. Then, he didn't win the hockey game. Then, he won the hockey game. We'll explain.

See, you can't kick pucks in the net intentionally, but early in overtime while the Flyers were on the power play thanks to a Marek Zidlicky puck-over-the-glass penalty, Briere did just that. The right call was made on the ice upon review, and the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils kept playing Game 1.

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Distinct kicking motion indeed. But Briere redeemed himself just minutes later. James van Riemsdyk positioned himself in front of Martin Brodeur's crease, and Briere's shot from up top found its way to the back of the net.

The Flyers got off to a slow start in Game 1, but they really settled in after a while. By the third period and overtime, Philadelphia had completely taken over the hockey game, and it didn't look like the Devils could keep up. Petr Sykora's goal on an odd break against the flow of the game gave New Jersey a chance, but the Briere's overtime goal made sure it didn't come back to bite them.

Game 2 will be played on Tuesday evening at Wells Fargo Center.

We have full coverage of Flyers vs. Devils Game 1 in our StoryStream. For more from the New Jersey perspective, check in with In Lou We Trust. For more from the Philadelphia perspective, check in with Broad Street Hockey.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 1 Score: Petr Sykora Sends Us To Overtime

The Philadelphia Flyers had complete control of Game 1. They grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third period, they were aggressive on the forecheck and the New Jersey Devils were on their heels. But Ilya Bryzgalov's five-hole let the visiting team right back in the game.

It's a goal that the Flyers netminder absolutely has to stop, as Petr Sykora took the shot and essentially just threw it at the goalie. He was clearly looking for the five-hole, and Bryzgalov left it ready and waiting for him. As a result, we're heading to overtime in a game that the Flyers probably should have closed out.

In fact, just before Claude Giroux gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead on a third period power play, Wayne Simmonds made a crucial mistake that the Flyers might remember if this game goes south for them in the extra session(s). On a power play with a wide-open net, Simmonds pushed the puck wide of the cage. Every single person, Simmonds included, looked on in disbelief.

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We have full coverage of Flyers vs. Devils Game 1 in our StoryStream. For more from the New Jersey perspective, check in with In Lou We Trust. For more from the Philadelphia perspective, check in with Broad Street Hockey.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 1 Score: Claude Giroux Goal Gives Philly 3-2 Lead

After a slow start, the Philadelphia Flyers have settled in, and entering the third period, they've worked a 1-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead over the New Jersey Devils. Philadelphia actually took a 2-1 lead on two quick goals from Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk about midway through the second period.

Briere's goal was a breakaway off a beautiful pass from Jakub Voracek. van Riemsdyk's goal? Kinda sorta Martin Brodeur's fault.

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New Jersey tied the score about five minutes later when a Travis Zajac shot just barely trickled through the pads of Ilya Bryzgalov and across the goal line, and that's how the teams entered the second intermission. But in the third period, the Flyers have completely controlled the play. They've drawn penalties with their tenacious forecheck, and one of those penalties turned into a Claude Giroux goal. What a goal it was.

Brodeur has been solid in Game 1, but there might not be a goaltender in the league that can stop a shot with as much zip on it as Giroux's had. The assist from Kimmo Timonen put the puck right in Giroux's wheelhouse, and he couldn't have taken a better shot.

We have full coverage of Flyers vs. Devils Game 1 in our StoryStream. For more from the New Jersey perspective, check in with In Lou We Trust. For more from the Philadelphia perspective, check in with Broad Street Hockey.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 1 Score: Zach Parise Goal The Payoff As New Jersey Dominates First Period

The New Jersey Devils played a Game 7 three days ago. The Philadelphia Flyers closed out a series a week ago. In the first period of Game 1 between the teams on Sunday afternoon, you could certainly tell.

The Devils completely dictated much of the first period, outshooting Philadelphia 11-0 at one point midway through the period, and it paid off just 3:16 in the game when Zach Parise capitalized on a Flyers turnover and beat goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Devils the 1-0 lead.

Yeah, Matt Read probably doesn't want to do that anymore. Bryzgalov was really the only Flyer who played well in the first period as they seemed stuck in the mud a bit after the week-long layoff. The Devils, meanwhile, were strong on the forecheck and even stronger defensively after the Flyers started to rev their engines a bit toward the latter part of the period.

Philadelphia had just a single quality scoring chance in the period, and that's thanks to some phenomenal shot blocking by the Devils. New Jersey's only disappointment after 20 minutes of play is that their lead sits at just a single goal.

We have full coverage of Flyers vs. Devils Game 1 in our StoryStream. For more from the New Jersey perspective, check in with In Lou We Trust. For more from the Philadelphia perspective, check in with Broad Street Hockey.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Flyers Vs. Devils Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

After a week off, the Philadelphia Flyers resume their playoff push on Sunday afternoon against the New Jersey Devils, who are coming off a double-overtime Game 7 win in Florida.

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