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Devils dominate Canes, clinch playoff berth

Mar 31, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

The Carolina Hurricanes have bedeviled the New Jersey Devils in two fairly recent playoff series, so they served as a solid team for New Jersey to clinch a berth against. The Devils beat the Hurricanes 5-0 to reach that mark – and help Martin Brodeur earn the 119th shutout of his future Hall of Fame career.

As he has done for much of this season, Ilya Kovalchuk lead the Devils. He scored his 34th goal of the season and added two assists, including a helper on David Clarkson‘s game-winner.

The Devils are just about certain to fall into the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, thus making them the foil for whoever wins the Southeast Division. That could be a friendly matchup for New Jersey since the “third seed” isn’t likely to be stronger than them – at least on paper.

Making the playoffs is a big step after failing to do so this season, but they might need a deep run to continue to stride in the right direction – and perhaps keep Zach Parise from leaving.

  1. quonce - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Martin’s 119th career shutout, not 199.

    • James O'Brien - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Fixed, thanks.

  2. quonce - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Just looking out my man.

    It seems like 199 if you’ve watched his entire career!

    I was at shutout 66 against Ottawa in 2003 (or 04) for Hockey Night in Canada. Can’t believe he is getting close to actually doubling that number.

  3. martysbetter - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    As a Devils fan you have to be happy with the way the team has been playing as of late, especially it being so close to the start of the playoffs. Although the past couple have been against below-par squads, the offense seems to really be finding a groove. Zajac coming back from injury has been a blessing, he’s been dominating in faceoff circle, which is something this team was sorely lacking all season long. Zidli(ds)cky manning the point on the powerplay has been a godsend, the movement and fluidity of that unit has been a sight to behold in recent games and is getting red hot at just the right time.

  4. libuchamach - Apr 1, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Devils are like the Flyers of a few years ago coming off that horrible year. Even though we wont be seeded as high as we have been in the previous post-lockout years, I feel more confident making a decent playoff run this year than in those past years. Also, the strong chance of seeing Devils/Rangers in the 2nd round is making me kinda wet.

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