Devils clinch playoffs

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The New Jersey Devils scored three times in the first nine minutes and never looked back in a 7-1 roasting of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. New Jersey clinched a playoff spot with the victory.

"I feel we had a very good game overall," Devils center Bobby Holik said. "If we played every game the way we did tonight and didn't even get any points, I would feel good about the team. It was one of the best games we've played all year."

Vadim Sharifijanov tallied his ninth and 10th goals of the season. It was the first two-goal game of his career.

"It feels great to score two goals," Sharifijanov said. "It's nice to perform well in any game. We got off to a good start and that's the key. I'm going to tell my parents and everybody it was a very enjoyable experience."

New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur had a quiet game as the Devils matched a season low by allowing just 13 shots.

"The first two shifts they (Anaheim) were fine and I thought, 'Wow, this is going to be a really good game,'" Brodeur said. "But then we got the jump on them and were able to sustain the pressure throughout the game. Even with the big lead, the guys continued to play well in front of me."

New Jersey is 9-2-4 in its last 15 games and after struggling at home for most of the season, the Devils are 5-2-3 in their last 10 home contests.

"I'm really proud of their effort, especially from the players who are not in there all the time," New Jersey coach Robbie Ftorek said. "They always respond when called upon and there was evidence of that tonight."

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