NHL Playoffs: Devils Down Flyers To Advance To Eastern Finals

The New Jersey Devils are in the Eastern Conference finals while the Philadelphia Flyers will start their summer vacation. The Devils won the series-deciding Game 5, 3-1.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 5: NJ Sticks To Game Plan, Closes Out Philly, Series

Going up against series favorite Philadelphia, the Devils showed that hard work, a ferocious forecheck and sticking to a proven game plan was the perfect recipe for a triumph over the Flyers.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, Game 5 Final Score: New Jersey Advances With 3-1 Win

PHILADELPHIA -- Ilya Kovalchuk's goal at the 5:00 mark of the third period turned Wells Fargo Center into a mausoleum and put the nail in the coffin for the Philadelphia Flyers. An opposite-of-intelligent James van Riemsdyk holding penalty put the New Jersey Devils on the power play, and Kovalchuk's blast from the point beat goalie Ilya Bryzgalov clean to put the road team up 3-1.

The Flyers never really did get on track after a strong start. New Jersey continued to do the things they had done all series: pressure the puck carrier while keeping Philly's only options to the perimeter when it came to scoring and moving the puck up ice. The Flyers were never really, truly able to establish strong time in the Devils' zone outside of a few stretches in the first period, and even when they were only down a goal, it never seemed like they had much of a chance.

As you'd expect, New Jersey fell into a defensive shell after taking the two-goal lead, and the orange-clad fans didn't hesitate to begin heading to the exits with five minutes remaining in the game.

The Devils will advance to face either the Rangers or Capitals.

We have full coverage of Game 5 between the Flyers and Devils in our StoryStream. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust, and for more on the Flyers, check in with Broad Street Hockey.

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Andrej Meszaros Injury: Flyers Defenseman Returns For Game 5 Vs. Devils

The Flyers will play a must-win Game 5 against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night without star forward Claude Giroux, thanks to his one-game suspension, but they will get a mainstay back in their lineup. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros will return to the lineup for the first time since back surgery knocked him out of action in March.

Philadelphia has struggled defensively in the last three games of the series, typically out-run by New Jersey's aggressive forecheck. Meszaros replaces the not exactly fleet-footed Andreas Lilja on the blue line, so while Meszaros isn't necessarily a fast skater, he may be able to help Philadelphia control New Jersey in Game 5.

On the Devils' side of the ice on Tuesday evening, forward Ryan Carter returns to the lineup on the fourth line after an illness kept him out of Game 4. Tim Sestito returns to the press box.

We have full coverage of Game 5 between the Flyers and Devils in our StoryStream. For more on the Devils, check in with In Lou We Trust, and for more on the Flyers, check in with Broad Street Hockey.

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Flyers' Claude Giroux Suspended 1 Game For Dainius Zubrus Hit

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux has been suspended one game by the NHL for his head shot on New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus. The hit occured late in the second period of Sunday's Game 4 between the clubs at Prudential Center.

The news was announced the Flyers on Monday afternoon following Giroux's hearing with the NHL's chief of player safety, Brendan Shanahan. The news could come as a little bit of a surprise given the lack of injury on the play to Zubrus and the fact that Giroux is not a repeat offender, but the head was undoubtedly the principal point of contact on this hit, and perhaps the NHL sees this as a chance to take a stand.

Nevertheless, losing Giroux is extremely painful for the Flyers when it comes to their hopes of coming back from a 3-1 hole against the Devils. He'll miss Game 5 on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and the reality for Giroux is that his season may very well be over as well.

For more on the Flyers, check in with Broad Street Hockey.

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