Devils-Flyers playoff history
CBCSports.ca takes a look at the NHL teams meeting in the first round of the 2010 playoffs that have a significant history of post-season series against each other.
New Jersey and Philadelphia will play for the fourth time since 1995, with Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur the obstacle in net each time for the Flyers.
New Jersey wins Eastern Conference final 4-2
Both teams are on a roll after two rounds of playoffs in a strike-shortened season. Philadelphia has won eight of nine games over the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers, while the Devils have bumped off the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins — teams that finished higher than them in the standings — while losing just twice.
The Devils are stifling opponents and they take two in Philadelphia, driving Ron Hextall from the net with three goals to break open a 1-1 tie in Game 2. The 5-2 final is actually below Brodeur's playoff standard: it pushes his goals-against average up to a paltry 1.29.
Game 3 heads into overtime in the Meadowlands, putting the Flyers on the verge of going down 3-0. But Eric Lindros beats Brodeur from the slot to spoil the shutout bid. Philadelphia battles back to tie the series in the next contest, a 4-2 victory.
Claude Lemieux flies down the right side and fires a long bomb from just inside the Philadelphia blue-line that beats Hextall late in the third period in Game 5, and the Turnpike Series has turned for good.
New Jersey secures the first home win of the series in the final game. The Devils hold the Flyers to just 16 shots in the 4-2 finale, with ex-Canadiens Lemieux and Stephane Richer scoring.
Philadelphia's Legion of Doom line of Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg had averaged 1.86 goals per game during the season, but fall into a trap against the Devils, scoring just five in the series.
The Devils go on to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history with a sweep of the Detroit Red Wings.
New Jersey wins Eastern Conference final 4-3
The Flyers beat out the Devils by two points for the Atlantic Division title, with New Jersey's season ending with some turmoil.
General manager Lou Lamoriello elects to let go coach Robbie Ftorek, with Larry Robinson taking over.
Brodeur is in top form in the opener, making 35 saves, and Bobby Holik and Petr Sykora scored within a minute in the third period in a 4-1 win.
Down 3-2 heading into the final period of Game 2 in their own building, the Flyers get goals from Rick Tocchet and Daymond Langow for the win, with Brian Boucher stopping 30 shots.
The Flyers win Game 4 and move to within one game of a shorter-than-anticipated resolution to the series when Craig Berube scores just his third playoff goal in 86 career games in a 3-1 victory.
Game 5 is scoreless for 51 minutes until Claude Lemieux strips Andy Delmore of the puck and heads to the net to pot a rebound of Bobby Holik's shot for his 80th career playoff goal. The Devils win 3-1.
New Jersey roars out to a 3-0 lead in Game 6 in Philadelphia and doesn't look back, setting up the momentous final game.
Lindros, who hadn't played in 10 weeks until the sixth game due the effects of multiple concussions, is levelled by Scott Stevens eight minutes into the game and taken off on a stretcher in the finale.
The easy narrative has the Flyers folding in the aftermath of their top player being knocked unconscious, but the truth is that they fight back on a Tocchet goal in the second period.
Jason Arnott takes a tremendous hit in the third period to get the puck to Patrik Elias, who caps New Jersey's series comeback with his second goal of the game with just over two minutes left.
The Flyers again prove to be a good luck charm for the Devils, as they go on to win the Stanley Cup over Dallas.
Philadelphia wins Eastern Conference semifinal 4-1
After two battles in the conference final the Flyers and Devils, separated by just one point in the regular season, meet in the first round of the playoffs.
Philadelphia's Robert Esche is a central figure in the series. The netminder makes 37 saves, including five on a first-period power play, to help the Flyers come away with a 3-2 victory in the first game. Simon Gagne, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau are the goal scorers.
Mattias Timander puts the Flyers up 3-1 midway through the third period of Game 2. The Devils rally furiously, but only Brian Gionta can score.
Gionta, Patrik Elias and Scott Gomez work their magic on the power play three times to get New Jersey back into the series in Game 3, but the Flyers take a two-game lead when Esche stops all 35 shots he faces in the fourth contest, the first-ever shutout between the clubs in the playoffs.
Esche has a shutout streak of over 100 minutes going until Scott Niedermayer ends it midway through Game 5, but Danny Markov scores the winner with five minutes left in the third as the Flyers finally break the New Jersey playoff hex.
Brodeur has 23 career playoff shutouts in 180 games but, despite starting all 18 against Philadelphia, has never blanked the Flyers.
There's always 2010.