Devils One Win Away

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2003 Playoffs

The New Jersey Devils are a win away from advancing to the the second round of the NHL playoffs after a 3-0 victory over the Boston Bruins Sunday afternoon.

Martin Brodeur stopped 29 shots for his 14th shutout in 70 playoff victories as the Devils took a commanding three games to none lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

"They have, basically, an unbelievable wall back there and that weighs on you," Boston's Mike Knuble said.

"They tried to create traffic and tried shooting the puck and going to the net," said Brodeur. "I was able to control my rebounds pretty good. There was a few of them I let go, but I think my players in front of me did a great job."

New Jersey can sweep Tuesday night in Boston and send the Bruins to another early exit. Seeded first in the Eastern Conference last year, they lost in six games to Montreal in the opening round.

"I think we have a pretty good offensive team here and they've shut us down so far," Boston's Glen Murray said. "It's plain and simple. We have to get some kind of attack going and get in front of them and score on the power play. That's what it takes to win in the playoffs."

"We need to win four, they need to win one," Boston's Joe Thornton said. "So it's just day-by-day now. ... Obviously, when things don't go good, you're frustrated. And when you don't win, you're frustrated. So it's tough right now."

Oilers Take Charge
Radek Dvorak scored late in the third period to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a wild 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Sunday night, giving the Oilers a two games to none lead in their opening-round playoff series.

Georges Laraque and Fernando Pisani also scored for the Oilers and Jason Arnott and Jere Lehtinen had the goals for Dallas, which led 1-0 until early in the third period.

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