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.