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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -After only four games, Martin Brodeur shaved his playoff beard in an attempt to change the luck of the suddenly desperate New Jersey Devils.

About 90 miles down the turnpike, the fortunes of the star goalie and the rest of his teammates took a more tangible turn for the better on Wednesday when the Philadelphia Flyers announced that top forwards Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne would both miss Game 5 due to right foot injuries.

The Devils trail the first-round, Eastern Conference series 3-1 and will need to win Thursday night at home to extend the season. If they do, the Devils will face elimination again Sunday in Philadelphia and will try to force the series back to New Jersey for a decisive Game 7.

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