Newark – Martin Brodeur has set an NHL record with a 24th playoff shutout yesterday, while New Jersey Devils beat the Florida Panthers 4-0, 2-2 creating an impasse in this series first round. Brodeur made 26 saves. The keeper of 39 years and supplanted Patrick Roy for the post-season shutouts.
Travis Zajac, Steve Bernier, Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk scored the goals for the Devils. Bryce Salvador had two assists during the third period. The fifth meeting will be held tomorrow night in Florida.
Brodeur also earned his second pass of the series he wore his career total to 10, ranking four assists from point guard Grant Fuhr.
The Québécois has rebounded with aplomb after the Panthers’ 4-3 win on Tuesday when he sold three times in 10:18 p.m. ET has been replaced by Johan Hedberg.
The Panthers were shut out in six power play, while the Devils have converted their two such opportunities. In three previous matches, the Panthers had scored six times in 10 with the man advantage.
The Devils have distanced their rivals with three goals in 8:32 in the third period. Parise had given a 1-0 lead at 6:08 with his second engagement.
Scott Clemmensen stopped 23 pucks in goal for the Panthers.
Boston 2 Washington 1
In Washington, Braden Holtby stopped 44 shots and Alexander Semin scored the decisive end of the second period, while the Washington Capitals won 2-1 against the Boston Bruins, creating a 2-2 tie in this first-round series.
Marcus Johansson beat Tim Thomas 1:22 after the initial faceoff, but Rich Peverley tied the score at 13:12 into the first period.
Semin gave the Capitals advance to final at 18:43 in the second period, a powerplay. He beat Thomas with a wrist shot from the left circle. Patrice Bergeron was in jail for tripping.
The confrontation will continue tomorrow afternoon in Boston, followed by the sixth game in Washington Sunday.
The Capitals have not been punished before halfway into the third. The disadvantage has passed without trouble, the Bruins failing to draw the point. Now they have a record of 0 to 12 on the power play, since the beginning of the series.
Holtby is only 22 years, 16 fewer than Thomas. It is in the playoffs for the first time in his career, after having played only 18 regular-season games. It benefits from this opportunity as a result of injuries to Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth.
Phoenix 3, Chicago 2 (P)
In Chicago, Mikkel Boedker scored in overtime in a second straight game and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, so to take a 3-1 lead in their first round series. The No. 5 match will take place tomorrow in Arizona.
The Blackhawks had to make do without star striker Marian Hossa, who left the game No. 3 on a stretcher after being plated in the head by Raffi Torres Coyotes. Torres was suspended indefinitely by the NHL.