|OTT||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|NJD||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
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 Airlines Arena.
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 going through."
Brodeur is 1-3-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average in his last five starts at home.
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 lead."
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.
|Feb 03 '04||OTT 1 at NJD 2||J. Friesen|
|Jan 13 '04||OTT 4 at NJD 0||M. Hossa|
|Dec 06 '03||NJD 2 at OTT 1||B. Gionta|
|Nov 08 '03||NJD 1 at OTT 0||S. Stevens|