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Devils 3, Lightning 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 3, Lightning 0
Tampa Bay Lightning 0, New Jersey Devils 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -Martin Brodeur is one shutout away from putting his name next to Patrick Roy's.

More importantly, Brodeur's vintage 31-save performance has the New Jersey Devils a game away from putting Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning out of the playoffs.

Brodeur shook off a couple of shaky games to post his 22nd career shutout and got goals by Andy Greene, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez in a 3-0 victory on Friday night.

"He's the best that ever played the game," Devils captain Patrik Elias said. "He made some unbelievable saves early and I said: 'This is it, he's on top. He's back tonight and we're going to get it done."

The Lightning didn't make it easy. They outshot New Jersey 31-14 and had at least eight good scoring chances, and a couple of others taken away by some of the 20 shots the Devils blocked.

"I thought our survival mode was great," said Brodeur, who gave up gave three goals in each of the first four games, including a few easy ones. "Guys in front did everything to block shots and get in the way of people. It made a big difference."

The win gave the Devils a 3-2 lead in the entertaining first-round Eastern Conference series. Game 6 is Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Fla. A seventh game, if necessary, would be played in New Jersey on Tuesday night.

"What else can you say about our team," Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle said. "If you lose, that's the way you want to lose. We played hard, and a lot of people are probably counting us out. We play better that way. We're looking forward to getting back on the ice."

The game ended with two fights and Devils assistant coach John MacLean and Lightning coach John Tortorella screaming at each other from behind their respective benches.

It was only a sideshow to Brodeur's heroics.

"It's all about winning in the playoffs," Brodeur said. "I've been advancing (on the record). It's definitely nice, but for me it's 22 wins with the 22 shutouts."

The win was the 92nd of his playoff career, tying him for No. 2 with Grant Fuhr. Roy is first with 151.

After letting in some easy goals in the first four games, Brodeur looked like the goaltender who set a single-season record with 48 wins this season. He was sharp, in position and impregnable in posting his 22nd career playoff shutout.

Brodeur made a nice pad save in close on a short-handed shot by Ryan Craig in the first period and he was really on top of his game in the second, when Tampa Bay held a 14-7 advantage in shots.

With the Devils clinging to a 1-0 lead on Greene's first playoff goal, Brodeur made consecutive stops in close on Andreas Karlsson and Tim Taylor before Devils defenseman Richard Matvichuk made a sliding block on Karlsson with the net open.

The 34-year-old Brodeur had the crowd chanting "Marty, Marty," late in the second period when he stopped a spinarama move in close by Boyle, a point shot by Lecavalier, and then Martin St. Louis all alone in front with a poke-check the knocked the puck off his stick.

Less than a minute later, Brodeur stopped a rolling puck in the crease after it hit off Karlsson's leg.

"We dominated them and can't get a win," Lightning center Jason Ward said. "That's Marty doing his thing. Hopefully, he won't do that any more."

Greene scored in the first period and Gionta tallied in the second. The Devils then laid back and let the Lightning come to them in the third period. The closest Tampa Bay came to a goal was when Lecavalier, who has five goals in the series, hit a post with less than five minutes to play.

Greene, a rookie who came up late in the year and had only one goal, gave New Jersey the lead midway in the first period with a shot from the left point through traffic in front of Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist.

Mike Rupp set up the shot by carrying the puck around the net and sending it to Greene.

Gionta scored halfway through the second period on a two-on-one break with Elias. Defenseman Brian Rafalski intercepted a pass at the Devils' blue line and snapped a pass to Gomez, who sent Gionta and Elias away.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:46
NJD
Andy Greene (1) ASST: Mike Rupp (1), Scott Gomez (4)
1 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
09:59
NJD
Brian Gionta (3) ASST: Scott Gomez (5), Brian Rafalski (4)
2 - 0 NJD
3rd Period
18:13
NJD
EN - Scott Gomez (2) ASST: Patrik Elias (3)
3 - 0 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
02:19
NJD
Johnny Oduya  Hooking against  Nick Tarnasky
07:09
TBL
Eric Perrin  Cross checking against  Scott Gomez
14:52
TBL
Jason Ward  Holding against  Johnny Oduya
2nd Period
15:44
NJD
Paul Martin  Holding against  Vincent Lecavalier
17:18
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Hi-sticking against  Richard Matvichuk
3rd Period
03:36
NJD
Andy Greene  Tripping against  Andreas Karlsson
13:32
TBL
Brad Richards  Tripping against  Patrik Elias
18:27
TBL
Andre Roy  Game misconduct
18:27
TBL
Andre Roy  Fighting against  Mike Rupp
18:27
NJD
Mike Rupp  Fighting against  Andre Roy
19:01
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Fighting against  Nolan Pratt
19:01
TBL
Nolan Pratt  Fighting against  Jamie Langenbrunner
19:01
TBL
Ryan Craig  Roughing against  Jim Dowd
19:01
TBL
Nick Tarnasky  Misconduct
20:00
NJD
Erik Rasmussen  Misconduct against  Ryan Craig
20:00
TBL
Ryan Craig  Misconduct against  Erik Rasmussen
goalie stats
Johan Holmqvist
Johan Holmqvist
SA: 13TOI: 59:28
Saves: 11EV: 7 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .846SH: 1 - 1
Martin Brodeur
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
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