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East's top two seeds earnwins to reach second round

©Associated Press
April 18, 2003

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur rebounded from a rare bad performance with his second shutout of the playoffs as New Jersey eliminated Boston with a 3-0 victory in Game 5 on Thursday.

If the Lightning wins its series, it faces the Devils next.

Brodeur's shutout came two nights after the Bruins chased him with five goals on 24 shots.

"No question, it was good to see," Devils captain Scott Stevens said. "We did a much better job protecting him."

Boston put a lot of pressure on Brodeur in the opening minutes but didn't generate much offense after picking up five consecutive penalties in the first two periods. The first led to John Madden's goal 8:31 into the game.

After killing off most of the penalty, Grant Marshall forced defenseman Hal Gill to send the puck around the boards. Madden retrieved it above the left circle, and his shot got through three players and a screened Jeff Hackett.

Madden set up Jamie Langenbrunner's insurance goal, a backhander from in close 7:41 into third, with a backhand pass. Langenbrunner's fifth goal of the series went into an empty net with 52 seconds left.

SENATORS 4, ISLANDERS 1: Radek Bonk scored twice and Todd White got his third goal in three games as host Ottawa won just its third series and first as the higher seed.

Mark Parrish, held without a point through the first four games, tied it at 1 on a two-man advantage 6:48 into the second. But White beat Garth Snow less than three minutes later. Then Martin Havlat made a sensational play to set up Bonk's goal with 1:47 left in the second. He cut across the ice from the right wing boards before passing to the right edge of the crease, where Bonk tipped the puck in.

The Islanders pressed throughout the third, but Bonk got the period's only goal when he scored into an empty net with 2:15 left.

STARS 5, OILERS 2: Sergei Zubov scored two goals and set up another as host Dallas moved within a victory of the second round.

Zubov and Scott Young scored power-play goals 53 seconds apart midway through the first to put Dallas in control. In Game 4, the Stars scored twice in 23 seconds in the third to take the lead.

With 12 seconds left in a four-minute power play, Young took a cross-ice feed from Mike Modano and drilled a one-timer past Tommy Salo from the left circle.

Seconds later, Scott Ferguson was caught hooking, and Zubov scored from straight on from about 10 feet inside the blue line. His other goal came from well beyond the right circle.

Zubov, who had a point in every game this series, made a steal at the blue line inside the Oilers zone about five minutes into the second. That led to a shot by Young that Salo blocked straight to Modano, who made it 3-0.

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