Flyers eliminate Devils with 3-0 shutout.

Posted: April 28, 2010 in Flyers

Newark, NJ-

The Philadelphia Flyers eliminated the New Jersey Devils with a 3-0 shutout win at the Prudential Center in Newark.

The Devils were one team that the Flyers dominated this season, despite the Devils finishing second in the Eastern Conference and the Flyers playing inconsistent hockey down the final stretch.

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals was no different. Just 3 minutes into the game Danny Briere stuffed a rebound past Martin  Brodeur amidst a scrum of players in front of the net to make it 1-0 Flyers.

Once again showing his playoff prowess, Claude Giroux blasted a shot over Brodeur’s blocker, a shot that bounced back out of the net so fast that the officials were hesitant to call it a goal. (Replays clearly showed the puck going into the net.) It counted, and the Flyers were up 2-0 at the mid-point of regulation.

Not even three minutes later Giroux struck again, this time capitalizing on a rebound and beating Brodeur with a wrist shot to make it 3-0 Flyers. (This was Giroux’s fourth goal of the series.)

A three goal lead was moe than enough for Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher, who was nothing short of excellent stopping all 28 New Jersey Devils shots that came his way.

 The last time Boucher was in a playoff series against the Devils was back in 2000, in the Eastern Conference Finals. Flyers fans remember that series for the huge hit on Eric Lindros by Scott Stevens. The other thing they remember is the sting of a Patrick Elias goal with just over two minutes left in the game to send the Devils to t he Stanley Cup Finals.

I think it’s safe to say (for now) that Boucher has avenged the loss, for the most part.

Next up for the Flyers, they will play the waiting game to see who they will play in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

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