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JVR adds offense to Flyers

VOORHEES, N.J. -- James van Riemsdyk was face down in front of the crease getting hacked, whacked, pushed and shoved by Martin Brodeur.

The goalie tried everything to stop JVR, and it still wasn't enough.

Playing just his third game since returning from a broken foot, van Riemsdyk had a goal and was robbed of two more in the Philadelphia Flyers' 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils in Game One of their second-round playoff series Sunday.

The former second overall pick in the NHL draft was all over the ice, tormenting the Devils. Van Riemsdyk had two breakaway opportunities after New Jersey tied it at 3 in the third period, but Brodeur made huge saves.

So van Riemsdyk found another way to be a difference-maker. He used his big body to screen Brodeur on Danny Briere's winning goal in overtime.

"We have to do a better job of boxing out in front of Marty," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said Monday. "We also have to do a better job of limiting the time they spend in our end of the ice. We need to clear the puck out and keep the puck in the other end."

Game Two is tonight at the Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m., NBCSN).

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound van Riemsdyk makes it difficult for a goalie to see the puck when he's standing in front of the net. That's why Brodeur worked him over when he had the chance. It didn't stop van Riemsdyk from doing it again.

Van Riemsdyk is a resilient guy. He's had to be. Injuries limited him to just 43 games in the regular season. But he's back now, making the Flyers an even more dangerous team than the group that knocked off heavily favored Pittsburgh in six games in the first round.

"I try to stay positive throughout all the bumps in the road,'' van Riemsdyk said. "I got a great opportunity last night and I was able to take advantage of it. I hope to continue that.''


Top couches picked

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ken Hitchcock, Paul MacLean and John Tortorella have been nominated for the Jack Adams Award, which goes to the head coach who has contributed most to his team's success.

Finalists for the Foundation Player Award for community service are Nashville's Mike Fisher, Toronto's John-Michael Liles and the New York Islanders' Matt Moulson.

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