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Zubrus leads Devils comeback; N.J. within one win of ousting Flyers

NEWARK, N.J. -- Dainius Zubrus scored two goals and the New Jersey Devils rallied from an early two-goal deficit and pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination with a 4-2 victory Sunday night in Game Four of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Zubrus put New Jersey ahead 3-2 late in the second period and iced it with an empty-net goal in the final minute. Minutes after his first goal, Zubrus took a questionable hit to the head from Claude Giroux, a hit that Devils coach Peter DeBoer felt the NHL should examine before Game Five on Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

"It was a great effort from the guys," said Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who had an easy night on his 40th birthday. "We started not the way we wanted to start the game. We get bang-bang -- a power-play goal and a short-handed goal -- but we beared down afterward and we dominated the game."

Petr Sykora and Marek Zidlicky also scored for the Devils, who can advance to their first conference final since 2003. New Jersey has never lost a playoff series after taking a 3-1 lead.

In winning their third straight, the Devils outshot Philadelphia 43-22, and Brodeur even picked up an assist on Zubrus' final goal on a night as he became the first goaltender to appear in an NHL playoff game as a teenager and a 40-year-old.

Scott Hartnell and Giroux scored first-period goals for the Flyers, who once again were a step slow.

"We just have to play better," Giroux said. "We should know by now what we're supposed to do at all times. And there's not one guy out there that's going to quit."

The question for the Flyers is whether they will have Giroux, who has eight goals in the postseason.

"It was quick play. And hockey is a quick game. I think I should be fine," Giroux said.


Caps getting blocks

GREENBURGH -- Rangers captain Ryan Callahan made it clear that the Washington Capitals and their team full of shot-blockers aren't in the heads of the top-seeded club in the Eastern Conference.

Midway through the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is no time to get frustrated.

Washington gutted out a 3-2 win Saturday to tie the best-of-seven series with New York 2-2, and they did it in Rangers' fashion -- blocking 26 shots and allowing only 20 to get through to young goalie Braden Holtby.

"It's hard to play against a team like that," Callahan said Sunday while some of his teammates went through an optional practice preparing for Game Five tonight (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, Ch. 5). "They're really good in their defensive zone and they are similar to us in our style, the way we block shots."


Coyotes' Klesla suspended

NEW YORK -- Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla was suspended for one game by the NHL on Sunday for boarding Nashville Predators forward Matt Halischuk on Friday night.

Klesla received a minor penalty for boarding in the first period of Coyotes' 1-0 road victory in Game Four of the Western Conference semifinal series. Video replays showed he appeared to grab Halischuk's jersey before slamming him into the boards.

Phoenix leads the series 3-1. Game Five is tonight (10 p.m., NBCSN) in Glendale, Ariz.

On Thursday, Coyotes forward Raffi Torres appealed the length of his 25-game suspension for a hit to the head on Chicago forward Marian Hossa in the first round.

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