FLY-BY: 2011-12 Season Ends
Tuesday, 05.8.2012 / 10:28 AM ET / News
| 1. WITHOUT GIROUX
With Claude Giroux out of the lineup the Flyers lines were switched around to start the game… Matt Read took the spot occupied by Giroux in the middle of Hartnell & Jagr… Other lines seen throughout the night were: Schenn-Briere-Voracek; Couturier-Talbot-Rinaldo and JVR-Wellwood-Simmonds.
2. THE FIRST GOAL CURSE
The Flyers scored the first goal in tonight's game, which now means that the team that has scored the first goal in each game of the series ended up losing the game… In Flyers playoff games this year, the team that has scored the first goal went 1-10.
3. THE RINALDO EFFECT
Zac Rinaldo entered the lineup for the first time since Game 4 of the first round, and at the 6:28 mark of the 1st period, landed a big hit on defenseman Anton Volchenkov... The Flyers would go onto score less than a minute later.
4. HIT PARADE
The Flyers led the Devils in hits on the night by a 38 to 26 margin… The Flyers were led by Zac Rinaldo, who had six hits on the night while five players had four or more hits against the Devils, including Max Talbot who also had the Flyers lone goal.
5. LAVY'S TAKE
Flyers head coach praised his team's effort all season long.
"Just meeting with the players after a loss when the season ends, those speeches that you never seem to master. I can tell you that, the group that’s in that room right now is a terrific group of men. They played hard this year, they gave a lot and we came up short. It’s a bright future and we’re looking forward to that but tonight it’s disappointing.”
|The Flyers go to 2-3 all-time in playoff series against New Jersey.
The Devils won the Stanley Cup in both other seasons they beat the Flyers in a playoff series, 1995 and 2000.
This is just the 11th time in franchise history (out of 96 series) that the Flyers have lost four games in a row in a playoff series.
Danny Briere had an assist tonight to finish the playoffs with eight goals and five assists for 13 points. He wraps up the playoffs in sixth place all-time on the Flyers all-time playoff scoring list.
Despite not playing in tonight's game, Claude Giroux leads all players in the NHL playoffs with 17 points, four more than any other player.
The players who provided some of the best moments and plays of the season and the fans who packed the Wells Fargo Center the entire time helped make their 44th season in the NHL another thrilling one.
| "We are probably one of the youngest teams in the league this year. I think we were fifth or sixth best in the regular season. We gave it a good run here, but to see a bunch of these young faces and the up and coming talent they have here, even though it is one of the worst days of the year. You have to look to the future and it is going to be exciting."
- Scott Hartnell
I have to say, thanks for the support from the fans. I love everyone on this team. That was probably the most enjoyable year I’ve ever had. I’ve won some cups, I’ve won some trophies, but I loved this year. From the organization to the last player on the team, and the fans, they were so nice to me.
- Jaromir Jagr
|Tonight's turning point came on the power play for the New Jersey Devils five minutes into the third period.
On the ensuing faceoff in the Flyers zone, just four seconds into the power play, the puck was tipped back to Ilya Kovalchuk who fired a shot through a screen which clipped the post and went in on the glove side of Bryzgalov.
Kovalchuk's goal gave the Devils a two-goal lead and led them to play defensive hockey for the final 15 minutes.
|PIC OF THE NIGHT: The Flyers thank the fans at the Wells Fargo Center following Game 5.
Devils 3, Flyers 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bryce Salvador, David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk scored goals to lift New Jersey to a 3-1 Game 5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, sending the Devils into the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2003.
Martin Brodeur was strong in goal and has the Devils back in position to win their fourth Stanley Cup. The Devils await the winner of the New York Rangers-Washington Capitals series. The Devils rebounded this season under coach Peter DeBoer after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996 last season.