Devils Blank LightningArchived from 2002-03 season.
Martin Brodeur made 15 saves in his third shutout of this year's playoffs as the New Jersey Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-0, in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
"With it being 0-0 for a long time, you have to stay awake because that little mistake can cost you," Brodeur said. "I tried to stay in the game as much as possible and I had to make two big saves when it was 2-0."
Jamie Langenbrunner had a goal and an assist and John Madden and Turner Stevenson each scored for the Devils, who had a week off after eliminating the Boston Bruins in five games in the opening round.
"We had a lot of rust in the first period, and in the second period we had a lot of opportunities. In the third period, we were able to get the puck to go in," Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko said.
Game 2 is Saturday afternoon at New Jersey.
We are going to have to play better, and any chance we get, we are going to have to shoot," Tampa Bay center Vincent Lecavalier said. "Brodeur only had to stop seven shots in the first two periods. We need to get 20 or 25 shots on him and then you'll have a different ballgame."
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"I'm so proud of everybody in here," said Steve Thomas, who thought he'd scored the winner in the third OT until officials ruled that the net had come loose. "In the end, we came through because we persevered."
Anaheim's hero from the first round, goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 60 saves in another great performance as the Ducks, who knocked off defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit in the first round, started another series with a multiple overtime win.
"The more you go into overtime, the easier it is for the goalies because the shots aren't as hard and the speed isn't there," Giguere said.
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