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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Rookie Bobby Ryan scored two goals, Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in his second playoff shutout, and the Anaheim Ducks rocked the top-seeded San Jose Sharks again, winning 4-0 Thursday night to take a 3-1 series lead.

Corey Perry had a late goal and an assist, and Ryan Getzlaf added two assists for the Ducks, who emphatically moved within one game of becoming the eighth No. 8 seed to win an NHL playoff series since 1994.

Ryan scored twice in a 3:40 span of the second period, giving him four goals in the four-game series. Anaheim then clamped down on Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and the Sharks' top scorers, making Hiller's job relatively easy.

Game 5 is Saturday night in San Jose.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy's NHL record for playoff shutouts, making 44 saves to help New Jersey take a 3-2 series lead.

David Clarkson scored a power-play goal in helping Brodeur post his 23rd postseason shutout and win a great goaltending duel with Cam Ward, who stopped 41 shots.

Brodeur's gem - which ended with the crowd shouting "Mar-tee! Mar-tee!" - came just 48 hours after a 4-3 loss in Game 4 on a controversial goal by Jussi Jokinen with less than a second to play. Jokinen and Brodeur bumped in front of the crease seconds before the goal and Brodeur felt the officials should have blown the play dead.

Game 6 is Sunday in Carolina.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Martin Biron made 28 saves for his second career playoff shutout, and Philadelphia avoided elimination to cut Pittsburgh's series lead to 3-2.

Arron Asham, Claude Giroux and Mike Knuble scored for the Flyers to send the series back to Philadelphia for Game 6 on Saturday.

After winning 2-1 in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, the Penguins were in position to finish off the Flyers in Game 5 on home ice for a second successive season, just as they did by winning 6-0 in the Eastern Conference finals last season.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Johan Franzen scored on a power play with 46.6 seconds left to give Detroit a first-round sweep.

The call that led to the man advantage was hotly disputed by the Blue Jackets, who were assessed a bench minor for having too many men on the ice.

Marian Hossa had two goals, Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom each had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Cleary also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings. Rick Nash, Kristian Huselius and Kris Russell each had a goal and an assist, and R.J. Umberger and Fredrik Modin also scored for Columbus.

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