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.
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.