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Flyers’ horrendous line change and power play puts them in 2-1 hole against Devils


You have not one, but two chances to win an overtime game when you’re on the power play- including one chance where your team not only has a man advantage, but one of the defensemen on the other team doesn’t even have a stick!Photo: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

And you still lose.

Danny Briere once again saved the Flyers by tying the game at 3-3 in the third period with his eighth goal of the series. But the Flyers’ failed power play in overtime combined with one of the worst line changes I have ever seen the orange and black make gave the Devils’ Alexei Ponikarovsky the chance to poke a shot right through Ilya Bryzgalov's five-hole.

4-3 Devils.

The Flyers now face an unfamiliar scenario in the Stanley Cup playoffs- they trail the New Jersey Devils two games to one in the best of seven series, and history is not on their side. Their all-time record is 13-19  when losing Game 3 of a series. Simply put, the Devils are pressuring the Philadelphia Flyers and they haven’t stepped up to the challenge. The Flyers’ power play, which was unstoppable against the Penguins in round one, is an abysmal 2 for 16 in this series. 

I have hated the Devils ever since Claude Lemieux's 50-footer past Ron Hextall in the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals. They are officially the bane of every Flyers fan's existence. Nonetheless, it’s officially gut check time for the orange and black. Game 4 is Sunday in New Jersey.

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Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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Photo: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters