Perhaps a byproduct of the week layoff, the Flyers were lethargic on the ice at the start and let the Devils do what they wanted with the puck.
Philadelphia's slow-start plague struck again, this time only 3:11 into the game.
Flyers defenseman Matt Read turned over the puck and Patrik Elias took control behind the net. He fed it to Zach Parise for the one-timer past Bryzgalov and the quick 1-0 lead.
Bryzgalov had two shutouts and won all three starts vs. the Devils in the regular season. He allowed one goal on 76 shots.
So much for the regular season.
The Devils never stopped shooting the rest of the first. They took the first 11 shots before the Flyers finally lobbed the puck from the blue line toward Brodeur.
Forward Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia's regular-season leading goal scorer, stopped more pucks early in the game than Bryzgalov. He blocked a shot and hobbled to the locker room in pain. He returned a short time later.
The Devils are now 2-2 on the road in the postseason and this was their first loss in overtime.
"We haven't made excuses all year," DeBoer said. "We're not going to now. It is what it is."
Notes: Hall of Famers Gordie Howe and Mark Howe were at the game. Howe was greeted as he stepped off the press box elevator by Flyers Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke. The two shook hands and caught up for a few moments. ... The Flyers and Devils split their season series 3-3. ... Brodeur will celebrate his 40th birthday next Sunday when the teams play Game 4 of their series in New Jersey. ... Philadelphia is now 4-1 at home this postseason.
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