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Broad Street bully a hero after his OT Devils-beater

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PHILADELPHIA -- He usually hears cheers from Flyers fans after another fight has riled them up.

Buried under a pile of his teammates with nothing to see but a blur of orange jerseys, Daniel Carcillo never heard noise like what vibrated throughout the arena. Carcillo, a fighter with squatters rights on the penalty box, morphed from puncher to post-season 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 on Sunday night and a 2-1 advantage in the Eastern Conference series.

He looked left, right, then all he saw was a faceful of flying Flyers. A week after earning a playoff spot in a shootout against the New York 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."

Mike Richards set up the goal off a pair of shots against the sensational Martin Brodeur. 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."

The Flyers pounded Brodeur all game and outshot the Devils 6-1 in the brief overtime. Carcillo, who scored only 12 goals all season, added an assist in 7:11 of total ice time.

Claude Giroux and Richards scored in regulation for the Flyers. Brian Rolston had two power-play goals for the Devils. Game 4 is Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Brodeur did just about all he could for the Devils to keep them in the game on hostile ice with 31 saves. But Carcillo, known more for his punches and suspensions than scoring, found just enough of a hole to knock in the winner.

"The third period was probably the only period in the playoffs we were outplayed," Brodeur said.

The Flyers already had home-ice advantage. They can take control of the series with another win in front of their orange-clad fans Tuesday.

Brodeur was sensational in the third, stopping every kind of shot from the Flyers. Philly dominated the puck and made Brodeur work hard for all 12 saves in the period. His nicest may have been a sprawling kick save on Danny Briere with 6:30 left in regulation. All it really did was delay defeat.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 19, 2010 C3

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