We Now Join This Flyers' Victory over the Devils Already in Progress

Jim McNultyCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 01:  Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers and John Madden #11 of the New Jersey Devils  get ready to face off at the Prudential Center on March 1, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey.  The Devils defeated the Flyers 3-0.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The score was tied 1-1 in the first intermission.

My two children, CJ, four, and Sean, one, were all tucked in for the night.  Unlike most evenings, neither put up much resistance.

The same could not be said on the ice.

The Flyers, behind three power play goals, beat their hated division rivals from New Jersey 4-2. 

But the score did not indicate just how good a game this was.

These days, I don't get to watch much TV, let alone hockey.  My family has been in transition for the past month, moving from Tennessee back up to the Nation's Capital.  So, getting to sit down and actually watch a Flyers game, even just two-thirds of a game, was a real treat.

There was back-and-forth action, suffocating defense, great goaltending, and a lethal powerplay.

Even in the loss, Martin Brodeur continues to display why he's the winningest goaltender in NHL history.  His sliding poke-check on a Jeff Carter break was vintage Brodeur.

But even he was no match for the Flyers' power play.

Claude Giroux slid a sick backhand pass from behind the net to Simone Gagne on the goal line, who banked in the final goal off Marty's pads just inside the near post.  The tally forced the Devils to call timeout, after seeing a 2-2 tie disintegrate into a 2-goal deficit in just over two minutes.

It may have helped stave off the avalanche, but the Devils weren't able to solve Martin Biron the rest of the way.

So as the night drew to a close, the kids were sound asleep, and the Flyers were within seven points of Atlantic Division leading New Jersey, with ten games to play.  The Flyers also have one game in hand.

While the Flyers dream of playoff position, I dream of my next chance of sitting down to enjoy a game.

Hopefully it won't take another month to happen.