Philadelphia Flyers Get Knock Knocked out of the Playoffs

Anthony CapocciContributor IMay 8, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 08: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his powerplay goal at 5:00 of the third period against the New Jersey Devils in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 8, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Joining him are Travis Zajac #19 (L) and Adam Larsson #5 (C). (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Tonight, the Philadelphia Flyers won’t be playing their Mac Miller victory song in the locker room because tonight, they’re the ones that got Knock Knock(ed) out of the playoffs.  

The New Jersey Devils continued their dominance over the Flyers and took Game 5 and the series in front of the disgruntled Philadelphia fans.

Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and the rest of the Devils forwards came to play in this series. But more importantly, the arguable greatest goalie of all time came to play.

Martin Brodeur was nothing short of phenomenal. He may have just turned 40 years old the other day, but he played in this series like the 32-year-old Stanley Cup winning goaltender that he was.

He looked like Brodeur in his prime.

Before the series began, many people pegged this to be a quick series and an easy one for the Flyers. Too bad they forgot how good of a team the Devils can be.

The Devils looked like the best team in the Eastern Conference.

They came to play and beat the Flyers up physically and mentally, a result that shocked the hockey world. The Devils defeated the Flyers in five games and completely dominated the Flyers in all of them.

The Devils advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2003. They’ll face either the Washington Capitals or New York Rangers.

As for the Flyers, they have a lot of questions to ask, and they may not find the answers easy. The Flyers had no passion or drive in this series and as a result, they’re going home early as a team who failed to get it done again.

Knock knock.