Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/29/12

PHILADELPHIA -- Danny Briere scored his second goal of the game 4:36 into overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series Sunday.

Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk also scored for Philadelphia.

Petr Sykora, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac had New Jersey's goals.

Minutes after he had a goal reversed because he kicked it in, Briere fired a slap shot past Martin Brodeur for his seventh goal of the playoffs.

Brodeur, who presumably is headed to the Hall of Fame whenever he retires, is winless in his last 11 starts at the Wells Fargo Center.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves for the Flyers.

The Devils tied it at 3 on Sykora's breakaway goal with 8:18 left. Sykora took a long pass from David Clarkson, outraced two defenders and broke in on Bryzgalov. He faked a slap shot, held the puck and then flipped it between Bryzgalov's legs.

Moments later, Brodeur made a sliding save on van Riemsdyk's breakaway shot. Brodeur stoned van Riemsdyk again on a breakaway with just over three minutes left.

Coming off an outstanding opening-round series, Giroux continued to show why he's arguably the best player in the league. He fired a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past Brodeur on the power play to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead early in the third.

Giroux won the faceoff and skated over to the right wing. The puck went down low to Scott Hartnell, who passed it back out to the point to Kimmo Timonen. He slid it over to Giroux, who blasted it in for his seventh goal of the playoffs.

The sixth-seeded Devils rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to beat Florida in consecutive overtime games. They barely had any rest time after advancing early Friday morning when rookie Adam Henrique scored the winner in the second overtime.

Meanwhile, the Flyers played their first game in a week after knocking off the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

Known for their slow starts, the Flyers showed plenty of rust from their long layoff. They didn't even manage a shot on net until midway through the first period.

The Flyers finally got going in the second period, scoring two goals 37 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead.

First, Briere slipped behind the defense, took an outlet pass from Jake Voracek, broke in and beat Brodeur.

Then, van Riemsdyk ripped a slap shot into an open net after Brodeur made a sliding save on a shot by Erik Gustafsson. Voracek checked Brodeur behind the net, setting up an errant clearing attempt that went to Gustafsson.

Brodeur had robbed Max Talbot on a one-timer from in front a few minutes earlier to preserve the 1-0 lead.

A power-play goal by Zajac tied it at 2 with 6:07 left in the second. Parise made a perfect centering pass to Zajac, who redirected the puck under Bryzgalov for his fourth playoff goal.

Parise gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 3:16 into the game. The Devils took advantage of a turnover behind the net by Matt Read. Patrik Elias made a nifty move to get the puck to Parise, who wristed it past Bryzgalov for his third goal of the playoffs.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer shuffled his top two lines to split up Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk, his two best scorers. Parise moved from the right wing on the top line to left wing on the second line.

The move paid off quickly.

Bryzgalov won all three starts against the Devils in the regular season, including two shutouts. He allowed just one goal on 76 shots in four appearances, posting a 0.29 goals-against average and .987 save percentage.

Notes: The Flyers and Devils have split their four previous playoff meetings. New Jersey won in the conference finals en route to Stanley Cup championships in 1995 and 2000. The Flyers won in the first round in 2004 and 2010. ... Brodeur ranks second all-time in playoff history with 103 playoff victories. ... The Flyers are 23-8 when they win Game 1. ... Brodeur is just 10-14, and has lost nine of his last 11 playoff games against Philadelphia. ... Briere has 106 points (49 goals, 57 assists) in 105 career playoff games. ... This was the 18th overtime already this postseason.

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