PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 08: Bryce Salvador #24 and Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils celebrate their 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 8, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Devils defeated the Flyers 3-1 to win the series four games to one. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Flyers Vs. Devils Game 5: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The New Jersey Devils are one victory away from moving onto the Eastern Conference finals and they get their chance to accomplish that feat Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network), when they travel to the Well Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The Flyers are on the brink of elimination after losing 4-2 in Sunday's Game 4. In the processes, Philly also lost its best player, forward Claude Giroux, for Game 5, as he was suspended Monday because of his hit on the Devils' Dainius Zubrus. Zubrus scored two goals in the victory.

To say Philadelphia, which has just one victory all-time when down 3-1 in a series, is facing an up-hill battle could be an understatement. Since there Game 1 victory, the Flyers have failed to score more than three goals and is facing a goaltender in Martin Brodeur who's playing well.

To view Game 5, here's the viewing information:

Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Network

Series: Devils lead best-of-seven series 3-1.

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Flyers Vs. Devils, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 2: New Jersey Scores Four Goal In Third Period For 4-1 Win

Ilya Bryzgalov finally wilted under immense offensive pressure from the New Jersey Devils. He had 25 saves and a shutout through two periods of Game 2 of the Philadelphia Flyers' Eastern Conference semifinal, but gave up three goals in the third period as the Devils went on to win 4-1 and tie the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs series at one game apiece.

Adam Larsson kicked off the Devils' scoring early in the final period on a nice shot to beat Bryzgalov glove side on an assist by Dainius Zubrus.

From there, David Clarkson and Travis Zajac added tallies within the next 11 minutes to give the Devils a 3-1 lead. The Flyers had played stout defense for most of the game, but looked a step slow in the final 20 minutes of regulation. They never got going offensively, putting 20 shots on net compared to 35 for New Jersey. Bryce Salvador capped the scoring with an empty-netter with less than three minutes to play.

The Devils fell behind 1-0 in the first period on an early goal by Matt Read that was poorly played by Martin Brodeur. The veteran goaltender sharpened up afterwards, however, and finished the game with 19 saves. The Devils were excellent on the penalty kill, frustrating the Flyers on all five of their chances.

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Ilya Kovalchuck Injury: Devils Lose Star Forward For Game 2; Tim Sestito Will Be Replacement

The New Jersey Devils face the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of a Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday, and they'll need to try and even the best-of-seven series without their best player, Ilya Kovalchuck, who's out with a lower-body injury. Tim Sestito is expected to be Kovalchuck's replacement.

Kovalchuk suffered what is believed to be a leg muscle injury, or possibly a groin-related problem, and is not with the team. He was examined by a doctor Monday.

On Sunday, Kovalchuck played in the Devils' 4-3 overtime loss, however, he has been battling the injury since the middle of the first-round against the Florida Panthers, which was confirmed by Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello.

"He's had this since the middle of the first series," the GM said. "Progressively I think it's to a point where it's not positive for him and it's not positive for the team if he can't be at 100 percent.

"He's an intelligent individual. He understands where he's at, but it's day to day and that's how it is going to be approached. There is going to be no discussion about it. We're not going to have any distractions here."

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Video: Flyers Vs. Devils, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 1: Danny Briere Wins It In Overtime, Flyers Win, 4-3

After having a goal disallowed due to a kicking motion, Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers made the most of a second opportunity in overtime Sunday and put one past Martin Brodeur to put the Philadelphia Flyers past the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, in Game One of their second-round series in the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Flyers went on the power play almost as soon as the overtime period opened, after Marek Zidlicky flipped a puck over the boards and into the net, resulting in a delay of game penalty. The Flyers looked like they had it won right there, as Briere appeared to put on in from right in front of the net.

Replay quickly revealed, however, that the goal resulted from a kicking motion, and play continued. Four minutes later Briere would get another chance as he stood near the blue line, and there was no mistaking this one. It went straight from his stick past Brodeur:



Though Brodeur went to the refs to plead a case of goalie interference, the goal stood. Philadelphia leads the best-of-seven series, 1-0. Game number two of the series takes place Tuesday in Philadelphia, and we'll have all that coverage here at SB Nation New York.

It was Briere's second goal of the game and seventh of the playoffs. James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux had the other two goals for the Flyers. Scoring for the Devils were Petr Sykora, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac.

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Devils vs. Flyers Playoff Preview: The Goalies

In advance of Sunday's opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals between thePhiladelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils, SB Nation New York will break down the matchup. We've already discussed the offense and defense on both teams, and just one more area remains - the men between the pipes.

For several years, the Philadelphia Flyers goalies were a who's who of veterans, rookies and underperforming goalies. In all that time, the New Jersey Devils had just one goalie - Martin Brodeur - who went on to shatter most of the goaltending records.

Despite that huge advantage, the goaltending matchup between the two teams is virtually even, with the needle quivering ever so slightly toward the Devils.

During the offseason, Philadelphia went out and inked goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million contract. The veteran netminder, coming off back-to-back playoff appearances with the Phoenix Coyotes, was seen as the answer to the team's goalie woes. But he had an up and down regular season, following strong performances with horrible ones. At one point, he was so bad he was the backup in the Winter Classic, watching backup Sergei Bobrovsky get the start.

Yet, for all his quirks, the Flyers netminder dominated the Devils. In three starts and one relief appearance against New Jersey, Brzygalov went 3-0-0 with two shutouts, a 0.29 goals-against average and a .987 save percentage. He allowed just one goal on 76 shots against.

To solve Bryzgalov, New Jersey's strategy is simple - get to the front of the net.

"He's a big goalie," Ilya Kovalchuk told Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. "He plays the butterfly style. So, we've just got to create a lot of traffic. Pittsburgh scored a lot of goals against him that way. He's a great goalie, but we've got to find a way how to score."

Bryzgalov wasn't great in the opening round, finishing with a 3.89 goals-against average and .871 save percentage in the win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He allowed 21 goals, and his offense bailed him out plenty of times. He won't be the toughest goalie New Jersey faces, but they'll need to drive the net to have success. When Brzygalov gets hot, he's nearly impossible to beat.

Brodeur, pulled in Game 3 of the first round, has responded to his critics in the first round. He saved his best performance for Game 7, stopped 43 of 45 shots to send New Jersey into the second round. The future Hall-of-Famer, who will turn 40 years old next week, enters the second round with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

He struggled against Philadelphia this season, posting a 1-3-0 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. Brodeur will need a few more vintage performances in this second round, as the Flyers can trot out at least three scoring lines.

If the first round showed anything about these two netminders, it put the cracks in Bryzgalov's game on display and showed Brodeur, while he did struggle, can steal a game or two in the series. That ability gives New Jersey the slight edge, and could become a key to this series.

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Flyers vs. Devils Playoff Preview: The Offense

In advance of tomorrow's opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils, SB Nation New York will break down the matchup. Today we preview the offense; we'll touch on the defense and goaltending in further posts.

The New Jersey Devils will have their hands full with the Philadelphia Flyers offense.

In one of the more lopsided advantages of this series, the Flyers have far better scoring than the Devils. They had four skaters record seven or more points during their first round win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, including Claude Giroux posting a ridiculous 14 points in six games.

Philadelphia's big advantage is their scoring depth. Coach Peter Laviolette can send out three lines he can count on to put the puck in the back of the net. During the regular season, the Flyers had seven forwards that recorded 49 or more points. That's an insane amount of scoring, and it showed during the first round. Granted, Marc-Andre Fleury helped inflate the numbers, but the Flyers can send wave after wave of scoring onto the ice.

Unlike the Florida Panthers, New Jersey can't focus on shutting down one line. If they stop scorers like Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr, guys like Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and rookie Matt Read can take over.

All that offense translates over to the specialty teams, where the Flyers finished first in both powerplay goals (66) and powerplay assists (128). The Devils penalty kill, a surprising weakness in the first round, will need to be sharp against a team that knows how to score with the man advantage.

The Devils don't have nearly as much scoring depth, but they receive production from all four lines. Role players like Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier played an important role in the first round, making the fourth line a dangerous weapon for coach Peter DeBoer. Even players like Ryan Carter and Dainius Zubrus stepped up, scoring goals in the first round.

New Jersey, though, will need production from their top six forwards. Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk both finished the first round with three goals, but disappeared in some games. Zach Parise and Patrik Elias netted just two scores, finishing the series tied with Gionta and Bernier. New Jersey will need their big guns in this series, and the pressure will fall on the top six forwards to start producing.

DeBoer mixed the forward lines today at practice, moving Parise off the top line. He's looking to find that spark, but it'll be interesting to see how long he keeps Parise, Zajac and Kovalchuk apart. Remember, those three combined to score the overtime winner in Game 6.

Another key forward for New Jersey will be David Clarkson. He virtually disappeared in the opening round, unable to find his scoring touch. He led the team with five assists, but will need to get to the front of the net and disrupt Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Flyers can send out three great scoring lines, and their depth is virtually unmatched. While the Devils have solid depth, Philadelphia skates away with the offensive advantage.

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