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Devils Off to Lightning-Quick Start

Friday, 04.13.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Devils Off to Lightning-Quick Start

Team captain Patrik Elias is now the franchise leader in postseason goals.

newjerseydevils.com – A best-of-seven series isn’t over until one team wins four times, but it’s certainly better to go ahead by a game than it is to fall behind.

The Devils find themselves with a 1-0 series lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series after an exhilarating 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Zach Parise recorded his first career two-goal playoff game and Scott Gomez erupted for three assists, as New Jersey flexed its firepower with multi-point performances from five different players.

Patrik Elias and Brian Rafalski each registered a power-play goal and an assist, while Jamie Langenbrunner added two helpers, including the primary assist on Parise’s go-ahead goal in the third period.

“Jamie made a great play in our zone,” coach Lou Lamoriello said after the game. “Then when he came out, he made a great soft pass and Zach, who is a very skilled player, came from the off side and picked the corner. He’s done that all year long for us.”

Elias, meanwhile, moved past Claude Lemieux with his 35th career playoff goal, becoming the new franchise leader.

Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for his 90th playoff win, joining Patrick Roy and Grant Fuhr as the only goaltenders in league history to have won 90 or more postseason games. Brodeur now needs three playoff victories to pass Fuhr for sole possession of second place on the all-time list. Roy holds the record with 151 victories.

A one-game lead might seem insignificant, but the Devils’ recent history suggests otherwise. New Jersey is 1-2 in its last three playoff series, and each time, the winner of game one has advanced to the next round.

The Devils improved to 12-5 in playoff series-opening games at home, and have won nine-straight series dating back to 1999 in which they have taken a 1-0 lead. The team won three of four series openers en route to its 2003 Stanley Cup Championship.

Game two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at Continental Airlines Arena will have a special start time of 7 p.m. this Saturday (FSN NY, WFAN 660 AM).

Tickets for individual playoff games are available at the arena box office, or by visiting ticketmaster.com.

WFAN’s Steve Somers will be broadcasting live from the concourse at Gate A on Saturday up until Devils’ pre-game at 6:50 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early at the arena grounds to take part in pre-game festivities before each and every playoff home game, weather permitting.

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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