Carcillo plays the hero

PHILADELPHIA – He only played 7:11 but it was more than enough to make and impact on Game Three as the Philadelphia Flyers won in overtime thanks to Dan Carcillo’s overtime goal to take a 2-1 series lead over the New Jersey Devils.

Carcillo scored the biggest goal of his career when he took a feed from Mike Richards in the left circle and had a wide open net to the right side of the net 3:35 into overtime and sent the 19,957 fans into a frenzy at the Wachovia Center.

“It’s pretty amazing to get a goal like that,” said the hero of Game 3. “It’s hard to describe. Everyone wants to help the team win any way they can. It’s hard to describe. It’s just a really, really, really good feeling.”

The series resumes on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

The Flyers are 21-9 when winning Game 3 of a playoff series and are 3-0 in overtime playoff games against the Devils. Flyers goalie Brian Boucher made 17 saves while Devils goalie Martin Brodeur made 31 saves, including 12 in the third period and five in overtime before Carcillo’s clincher.

The game was Philadelphia’s best effort of the series despite giving the Devils eight power plays. Most of the penalties were of the questionable variety but they were mostly sticking infractions. Oddly enough it was Devils forward David Clarkson who was sent off for interference at 1:30 of overtime that allowed the Flyers to have a power play in overtime and promptly scored five seconds after the penalty had ended.

The Devils tied the game at 2-2 when Brian Rolston blasted a shot from the point for his second power-play goal of the night at 16:38 into the second period. The Devils finished the night 2-for-8 on the power play and are now 3-for-19 in the series. The Flyers finished 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

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