Flyers take game 3 in OT Thriller

Posted: April 20, 2010 in Flyers

Philadelphia, PA-

“CARCILLO! CARCILLO! DAN CARCILLO!”

That was Flyers radio play by play broadcaster Tim Saunders calling Dan Carcillo’s overtime goal in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals that gave the Flyers a 2-1 series lead.

The Wachovia Center crowd were able to leave home happy, although it they were anything but at the beginning of the game.

The refs were extra nit-picky tonight. Halfway through the first period, the Flyers had found themselves shorthanded three times (which obviously did not sit well the 19, 957 fans in attendence.)

On the third of those power plays brian Rolston blasted a shot from the point which found its way past Brian Boucher to give the Devils the early 1-0 lead.

Later on in the period, this time with the Flyers on the power play, Kimmo Timonen connected with Claude Giroux, who put the puck into a wide-open net to tie the game at 1.

A common trend throughout the game was the refs making too many calls (againt both teams).

The second period got underway and just 1:15 into the period Dan Carcillo passed to Mike Richards who was right on the door step for the “slam dunk” to make give the Flyers their first lead of the game.

Brian Rolston was not done yet, however. He struck yet again, this time tipping in a Patrick Elias shot to tie the game at 2.

Then the Marty Brodeur show began. Despite the Flyers best efforts, they could not seem to solve the future hall of famer for the remainder of regulation. (You would never know he turns 38 next months by watching him in the 3rd period last night.)

The clock struck 0:00, which only meant one thing: Overtime. No shootouts, no 5 minute overtime, you play until someone scores. Once a Stanley Cup playoff game goes into overtime, there is no saying when the game will end.

During overtime Ian Laperriere said to his teammates “It’s time for someone to be a hero.”

“I got this.” Dan Carcillo replied

Three and a half minutes into overtime, the Flyers put the puck on net and the Flyers started jamming at the puck, and in the process, the puck squirted to Dan Carcillo who promptly slid the puck into an open net and the celebration ensued, and Carcillo was seen looking for someone to hug.

This was quite possibly the most exciting game of the series.

Bottom Line: Flyers lead series 2-1.

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