Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will play in the conference finals for the first time in nine years.
The Philadelphia Flyers have to be left wondering how it all went wrong.
Forty-year-old Martin Brodeur made 27 saves and the Devils scored three unanswered goals Tuesday night in a 3-1 win over the Flyers in Game 5.
The Devils, seeded sixth, won four straight games in the series to make the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since they won their last Stanley Cup in 2003.
Bryce Salvador, David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk scored the last three goals and the Devils moved on to face either the Rangers or Capitals. The top-seeded Rangers lead that series 3-2 with Game 6 set for Wednesday in Washington.
The Flyers, after scoring 30 goals in a 4-2 series win over Pittsburgh, went out with a whimper against another Atlantic Division rival, losing the last game without star forward Claude Giroux, who served a one-game suspension.
Ilya Bryzgalov, who stood on his head to keep the Flyers in Game 4 on Sunday, gave up the go-ahead goal to Clarkson in the second period on a failed clear.
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