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Devils' Brodeur nets playoff shutout mark

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur bounced back from his shortest postseason performance with a record-setting 24th Stanley Cup playoff shutout, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers Thursday night, tying their first-round series at 2-all.

Brodeur made 26 saves in taking over sole possession of the postseason shutout mark from Patrick Roy. The 39-year-old goaltender also added his second assist of the series, giving him 10 for his career, four behind all-time leader Grant Fuhr.

"It was disappointing to let go of a 3-0 lead," said Brodeur. I think you have to take everything in stride. It's hard. I'm not Superman. You get affected by certain things that happen to you.

"I just wanted to make sure I focused well."

The effort came two days after Brodeur was lifted after giving up three goals in 22:18 in a 4-3 loss.

Zach Parise, Steve Bernier, Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for New Jersey.

Game Five of the best-of-seven series will be Saturday in Florida.

"We going home with two out of three at home," Panthers center Stephen Weiss said. "So we're in good shape."

Brodeur made at least six outstanding saves in winning his 101st career postseason game.


Coyotes edge 'Hawks in OT

CHICAGO -- Mikkel Boedker scored in overtime for the second straight game and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.

Boedker skated ahead of defenseman Nick Leddy and shoveled the puck under goalie Corey Crawford at 2:15 in the fourth straight game that has gone to an extra period.

Game Five is Saturday night in Arizona.

Michael Frolik's tap-in from the left side with 1:26 left in regulation tied it and marked the third time in four games the Blackhawks rallied to force overtime after pulling Crawford for an extra attacker.

Shane Doan and Taylor Pyatt scored 44 seconds apart to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead in the third. But Brendan Morrison, making his first appearance in the series, scored to make it 2-1 and send what had been a quiet United Center crowd into a frenzy.


Tonight's games

*Pittsburgh avoided elimination with a 10-3 victory in Game Four on Wednesday, sending the series against the Philadelphia Flyers back to Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for Game Five tonight (7:30, NBCSN). The Penguins' 10 goals tied a franchise record, though they're more pleased with shutting the Flyers down over the final two periods.

*In Nashville, the Predators will look to advance for a second straight year when they host the Red Wings (8 p.m., CNBC and Ch. 5). The Red Wings are facing their earliest elimination from the playoffs since 2006 and a loss could be Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom's final game should the defenseman retire.

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