Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Devils Salvador gets hit in mouth while scoring empty-netter to clinch win

The New Jersey Devils turned up the heat and scored four third period goals to tie the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at one game apiece.  The four unanswered goals led to a 4-1 victory after sloppy play in the first period.

The Devils now drive up the Jersey Turnpike to the friendly confines of the Prudential Center— taking away the Flyers home ice advantage.

The Flyers, down 3-1, took a big gamble and pulled goalie Ilya Bryzalov 3:13 left in regulation and tried to go for broke with a six-to-four player advantage after a Devils penalty.  Too bad the ploy backfired after the Devils Bryce Salvador took a shot to the face but still managed to flip the loose puck from in front of his own net into the Flyers empty cage for the short-handed goal.

As the puck bounced down the length of the rink, the Flyers home crowd could only watch in silence.

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It was Salvador's first goal of the playoffs and Devils goalie Martin Brodeur had 19 saves.

The next game is on Thursday night in Newark.

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