GAME: Ottawa Senators (22-11-6-3) at New Jersey Devils (21-10-9-1).
TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
Just as in last season's Eastern Conference finals, Martin Brodeur and the
New Jersey Devils are getting the better of the Ottawa Senators.
Brodeur tries to lead the Devils to their third win in as many meetings this
season with the Senators as two of the East's top teams meet at Continental
Last season's conference finals saw the Devils edge the Senators in seven
games, with Brodeur surrendering just 13 goals. He went on to lead the Devils
to their third Stanley Cup title in nine years.
The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has allowed only one goal in helping New
Jersey win twice at Ottawa this season. Brodeur had one of his league-leading
nine shutouts in the first matchup, a 1-0 victory on Nov. 8, and the Devils
scored twice in the final 1:37 of regulation to win 2-1 on Dec. 6.
New Jersey knocked off the team Ottawa is chasing for the Northeast Division
lead on Saturday, beating Toronto 1-0 as Brodeur made 28 saves. Brodeur, who
had gone a season-high nine starts without a shutout, helped the Devils win for
just the second time in seven games (2-4-1).
"It's a big win," said Brodeur, who allowed eight goals in the previous
two games -- both losses. "It's a relief because of the bad streaking we're
Brodeur is 1-3-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average in his last five starts
Ottawa is closing a four-game road trip, which began Thursday with the
Senators matching a franchise-record unbeaten streak at 11 games with a 7-1 win
at Toronto. However, they lost 3-2 at Buffalo the following night and blew a
one-goal lead late in regulation Sunday in a 2-2 tie at Carolina.
"Unfortunately, we go home with only one point," Ottawa's Marian Hossa
said. "We would have liked the two points. Usually we know how to protect a
Hossa scored both of his team's goals with the man advantage and the
Senators have totaled eight power-play goals in the last five games. They have
converted 22.3 percent of their chances this season -- third-best in the NHL.
"If you want to win games, special teams play a huge part in it," Ottawa's
Curtis Leschyshyn said. "Ours have been pretty good all year."
The Devils, however, are the league's top penalty killers. They've
surrendered just 17 goals while shorthanded all season.