Devils silence Flyers, take series 4-1

Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his third-period goal.

Martin Brodeur rekindled some decade-old magic while Ilya Kovalchuk continued a rebirth of his own in defeating the Flyers, 3-1, to move on to the Eastern Conference finals.

New Jersey is making their first trip to the conference finals since 2002-03 when they won the Stanley Cup.

The Flyers got the quick start they needed when Max Talbot scored his fourth goal of the postseason at the 7:18 mark of the first period.

It would last just 2:09, however, and that would be the only lead Philadelphia would have all night.

Bryce Salvador scored the equalizer at 9:27 off an assist from Kovalchuk. It wouldn’t be his last point of the night.

David Clarkson closed out the scoring in the first period, unassisted, off a deflection on a poorly played puck by Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

With the lead just one goal in the third, Kovalchuk added the capper at 5:00 with a wicked slapshot.
Brodeur made 27 saves.

The Devils move to 7-3 all-time in Game 5s when they lead 3-1.


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