Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 4/29/12

Danny Briere netted two (or three, if you count the one he kicked in) goals in the Flyers' 4-3 OT win against the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The Philadelphia Flyers thought they won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals twice. But in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you only need to win once.

Danny Briere, as usual, netted a couple of goals, including the game winner… Twice.

Moments into the overtime period against the New Jersey Devils, Briere seemingly won the game with his second goal of the game. Instant replay reviews said something different, and the reason that only half of the Flyers bench celebrated was revealed when the goal was disallowed after being scored off of Briere’s skates with a “distinctive kicking motion.” I may lose my Philly fan card, but it was the right decision by Toronto.

Moments later, Briere took a pass, after a Jakub Voracek interception off the far boards, and deposited it behind all world goalie Martin Brodeur. This time it counted. And the Flyers were off to another dramatic start in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Flyers seized control of the best-of-7 series despite playing a first period that looked like the team was skating in quicksand. After a 7 day layoff, it was important for the Flyers to get off to a good start. They did not, but it didn’t matter. Toward the latter stages of the first period, the team regrouped and got it together, but the first part of the game was a total beat down by the New Jersey Devils. The New Jersey Devils were unable to sustain the momentum created by a Game 7 overtime win against the Florida Panthers,  and despite playing well, lost the opening game.  The Devils got goals by Captain Zach Parise, Travis Zajac and Petr Sykora, but fell victim to the Flyers’ depth.

Claude Giroux scored once and James Van Riemsdyk, fresh from a broken foot also scored en route to a Flyers 4-3 thrilling win in overtime.

The Flyers were flatter than a board during the first 15 minutes of the game, but see-saw goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was good enough to keep them in the game, stopping 14 of 15  first period shots.

But as is a custom in Philadelphia now, Mr. Playoffs, Danny Briere stole the show and saved the day. His two goals gave him 48 career playoff goals, and only helped intensify the legendary numbers he’s put up in the postseason.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 23 of 26 shots and edged Martin Brodeur’s play in front of another sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly.  The teams will face off again on Tuesday in Philly in Game 2 at 7:30 PM.

Read em and weep…

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