Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/4/12

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 05: Alexei Ponikarovsky #23 of the Toronto Maple Leafs warms up before playing against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 5, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEWARK, N.J. - The Devils' Alexei Ponikarovsky went to the net when a couple of Flyers decided to go to the bench. His instinctive move paid off. Ponikarovsky scored with 2:39 left in overtime, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in Game 3 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Devils took advantage of an ill-timed line change by the Flyers, and Ilya Kovalchuk sent a stretch pass to Ponikarovsky. His first shot was stopped by Ilya Bryzgalov, but Ponikarovsky backhanded the rebound in to win it with his first goal in 10 playoff games. "Previous unit was on the ice long enough, and they were tired and they saw opportunity to change, but the puck wasn't deep enough," Bryzgalov said. "Bad luck." It wouldn't have mattered if it had not been for the awareness of Ponikarovsky and Kovalchuk. "It's a terrific feeling to get it in overtime," Ponikarovsky said. Kovalchuk skated around with the puck while his two...
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