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newjerseydevils.com – Fresh off Friday's overtime thriller at Prudential Center, the Devils head out on the road looking to continue their dominance over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
New Jersey goes for its second win in five days at the Air Canada Centre when the club takes on the Leafs Saturday night in Toronto (7 p.m., FSN NY, WFAN 660 AM).
The Devils (39-23-6) will try for the series sweep against the Maple Leafs in the fourth and final meeting of the season between the teams. New Jersey has won all three, limiting Toronto to five goals.
John Madden and Zach Parise each have team highs of three goals and four points for the Devils in the season series.
Martin Brodeur has started those three games for New Jersey, posting a 1.67 goals-against average.
Patrik Elias scored 4:02 into overtime, lifting New Jersey to a 2-1 victory over visiting Tampa Bay on Friday. It was Elias' eighth winning goal of the season, his Devils-record 60th, and his 14th in overtime – a franchise mark.
"We're getting the wins, and that's the bottom line," Elias said.
Elias also assisted on Parise's team-leading 28th goal as the Devils jumped over idle Montreal and Pittsburgh to reclaim the top spot in the East for the first time since Feb. 29.
"Let's face it, it's a playoff race now," Parise said. "It's been for the last 10 games. It's going to be like this the rest of the season."
New Jersey, which is 11-3-3 in its last 17 games, has allowed two goals or less in nine of its last 10 contests. The Devils have surrendered an Eastern Conference-low 159 goals.
The Maple Leafs (30-29-10) will be hoping to avenge their only regulation loss in the last seven games.
Toronto is in danger of missing the playoffs in three straight years for the first time since 1925-28, but has gone 3-1-1 in its last five contests to move up to 12th in the East. The Maple Leafs are six points behind the Flyers for the final playoff spot.
Bryan McCabe had a goal and an assist during a four-goal second period Thursday as Toronto coasted to an 8-2 rout of Boston.
Nik Antropov had two goals and captain Mats Sundin added a goal and two assists for the Leafs, who are 5-1-1 in their last seven games, with the only regulation loss coming 4-1 against New Jersey on Tuesday.
The power play has been key for Toronto, which is 9-for-21 with the man advantage in the past six games.
Sundin has been at the forefront of the resurgence, tallying six goals and seven assists during a season high-tying seven-game point streak.
with wire services
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