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Devils push Flyers to brink of elimination

By Tom Canavan

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, May 6 2012 8:25 p.m. MDT

Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux, left, scores on New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur during the first period of Game 4 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Newark, N.J.

Julio Cortez, Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — Dainius Zubrus scored two goals and the New Jersey Devils rallied from an early two-goal deficit and pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the brink of elimination with a 4-2 victory Sunday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Zubrus put New Jersey ahead 3-2 late in the second period and iced the game with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Petr Sykora and Marek Zidlicky also scored for the Devils, who can advance to their first conference final since 2003 with a win in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. New Jersey has never lost a playoff series after taking a 3-1 lead.

In winning their third straight, the Devils let goalie Martin Brodeur have an easy night on his 40th birthday, outshooting Philadelphia 43-22. He even picked up an assist on Zubrus' final goal.

Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux scored first-period goals for the Flyers, who once again were a step slow.

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