NEWARK, NJ - MAY 03: David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils takes a shot against Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers 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)

Devils Vs. Flyers, Game 3: Alexei Ponikarovsky Goal Gives New Jersey 2-1 Series Lead

The Devils and Flyers battle for the upper hand in Game 3 at Prudential Center.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 3: N.J. Takes Advantage Of Philly Mistakes, Rides Poni To OT Win

With a chance to wrestle home ice advantage back from the Devils in Game 3, a series of mental lapses and bad defensive coverage led to a Flyers loss.

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Devils Vs. Flyers, Game 2 Score: Alexei Ponikarovsky Wins It For New Jersey

Alexei Ponikarovsky's goal 17:21 into overtime gave the New Jersey Devils a hard-fought Game 3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, pushing them to a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. His goal came on a rebound given up by Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov after a poor Philly line change left a 2-on-1 break for the Devils wide open.

Danny Briere forced overtime with his goal at the 11:04 mark of the third, on an oddly similar play to Ponikarovsky's game winner. A puck bounced off goalie Martin Brodeur and back to Briere, who batted it home for the rebound goal.

Philly had two power play opportunities in the overtime period. On the first, the Flyers passed the puck around the perimeter for what seemed like the entire duration of the man advantage. On the second, New Jersey's phenomenal penalty kill thwarted every chance the Flyers had at setting up a scoring opportunity.

That was likely the difference in the game. New Jersey has held court thus far on home ice and they'll try to take a commanding 3-1 series lead on Sunday at Prudential Center.

We have full coverage of Game 2 between the Flyers and Devils in our StoryStream. For more on the Flyers, check in with Broad Street Hockey. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 3 Score: Danny Briere Sends Game To Overtime

Danny Briere scored 11:04 into the third period in Game 3, tying the contest between his Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils at 2-2. We're heading to overtime on Thursday night at Prudential Center as a result.

Martin Brodeur misplayed a James van Riemsdyk shot on goal, and the rebound fell right onto Briere's stick. The puck bounced a bit, but Briere was able to bat it over his pad and into the back of the net. It was his eighth goal of the postseason and his third of the series.

The Flyers seem to have found the ability to control the flow of the game heading into overtime. They've struggled with that even at points in the third period, like when Zach Parise tacked on a third Devils goal to give New Jersey the lead. But after Briere's goal, the Flyers controlled things and pinned the Devils in their own end for perhaps the longest stretch of the series.

Overtime ahead.

We have full coverage of Game 2 between the Flyers and Devils in our StoryStream. For more on the Flyers, check in with Broad Street Hockey. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 3 Score: Matt Carle Goal Ties It 2-2

Matt Carle's goal at the 4:44 mark of the second period tied the score at 2-2 in Game 3 at Prudential Center, and we head into the third period of a tied series deadlocked at that score.

The Flyers found an answer in the second period after getting outplayed for at least three straight periods going back to Game 2. It was probably the first even period of the series thus far, and the Flyers won the shot battle nine to four. That was aided in part by two power play opportunities, both of which were killed off by the Devils' penalty kill. A Brayden Schenn goalie interference minor was killed off by the Flyers in the second as well.

Philly learned it will be without defensive forward Sean Couturier for the remainder of the game. It's believed he suffered some sort of cut in the first period.

We have full coverage of Game 2 between the Flyers and Devils in our StoryStream. For more on the Flyers, check in with Broad Street Hockey. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 3 Score: New Jersey Carries 2-1 Lead Into Second Period

The first period of Game 3 between the Devils and Flyers was almost a mirror image of the first period of Game 2. The Flyers hopped out to an early lead before New Jersey turned on the gas and outplayed Philly for the latter half of the period. The only difference? The Devils actually scored goals this time, and at the first intermission, they lead 2-1.

Brayden Schenn opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 6:08 mark of the period, but six minutes later, Patrik Elias put a perfectly placed shot under the arm of Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. 20 seconds later, Ilya Kovalchuk scored his fourth goal of the playoffs to give the Devils the lead.

Shots were 14-7 New Jersey in the first period, and that's a number that's extremely indicative of the way the first period played out. The Prudential Center is loud and the Devils look like the most confident team in the Eastern Conference right now.

We have full coverage of Game 2 between the Flyers and Devils in our StoryStream. For more on the Flyers, check in with Broad Street Hockey. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Devils Vs. Flyers Game 3: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Flyers and Devils series moves to New Jersey for Game 3, with Ilya Kovalchuk likely to return to the lineup.

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