Daniel Carcillo usually hears cheers from Flyers fans after another one of his fights has riled them up. Last night, he morphed from puncher to postseason star with the biggest goal of his career.
Carcillo scored 3:35 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils and a 2-1 advantage in the Eastern Conference series. Game 4 is Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
Carcillo looked left, right, then all he saw was a face-full of flying Flyers. A week after earning a playoff spot in a shootout against the Rangers in the regular-season finale, it was time for another wild Philly pileup.
"I'm still kind of shaking," Carcillo said. "It was huge. It was awesome. Everybody dreams of a goal like that."
Flyers captain Mike Richards set up the goal off a pair of shots against Martin Brodeur (31 saves). Richards' first shot bounced off Brodeur. Richards then slid the second one past Brodeur to Carcillo, who put it behind Brodeur.
"Richards was banging away and they seemed occupied with him," Carcillo said. "It was a pretty easy tap-in for a game-winner."
Brian Boucher, who made 17 saves and heard the sounds of "Boooosh!" echo throughout the sold-out arena, was solid, as well. Ten years after leading the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals, Boucher's improbable second act is off to a flying start.
Penguins 4, Senators 2
Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves and Alexei Ponikarovsky and Bill Guerin also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins, who won their second in a row after a 5-4 loss to the Senators in the series opener.
Game 4 is Tuesday night in Ottawa.
Coyotes 4, Red Wings 2
Phoenix defenseman Sami Lepisto scored 29 seconds into the game, the fastest playoff goal in franchise history, and Wojtek Wolski also scored late in the second period. Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves for the Coyotes.
Detroit hosts Game 4 Tuesday night.
Blackhawks 2, Predators 0
Avalanche 1, Sharks 0
Ryan O'Reilly was credited with a bizarre goal 51 seconds into overtime for host Colorado, after an errant clear by defenseman Dan Boyle. Colorado took a 2-1 series lead. The top-seeded Sharks outshot Colorado 50-16 through regulation, but couldn't beat Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson. - AP