Kovalchuk Returns, Devils Dump Flyers in OT

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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) — New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk made a triumphant return to the ice scoring a goal and dishing out two assists, as the Devils skated past the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime 4-3, giving New Jersey a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Alexei Ponikarovsky knocked his own rebound past Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with 2:39 left in overtime to win the game.

“Winning this game in overtime is a big plus,” said Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur. “We tried to keep serve, I guess. We play another big one, and we can really put the pressure on them in the next game if we play well. It’s a good team on the other side, and we have to be cautious about the way we’re going to have to approach our game.”

Game 4 is Sunday at 7:30PM ET in New Jersey.

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