Kimmo Timonen twirled and dished the puck back, deeper into the Flyers‘ zone to try to shake a pressuring attacker.
The puck landed on Ilya Bryzgalov‘s stick and by the time he could look up, David Clarkson was bearing down hot and heavy. With panic in his eyes, Bryzgalov tried to saucer the puck out of harm’s way.
It was a Bryzaster.
Ultimately, Clarkson’s series-clinching gift – after Bryzgalov’s pass deflected off his outstretched stick and into the net – will be the lasting image of the end of the Flyers’ spring dreams.
But it certainly wasn’t the reason the Flyers, incapable of adjusting after three consecutive and eerily similar losses, the Devils dealt them the death blow with a 3-1 final score in Game 5.
The Flyers will return to their practice facility on Thursday to gather their belongings and conduct exit meetings. They have all summer to realize what could have been.