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Bruins drub Devils to clinch Northeast

THE Boston Bruins clinched the Northeast Division title by overwhelming the New Jersey Devils and record-breaking netminder Martin Brodeur 4-1 in Sunday's Eastern Conference showdown.

The win put the division-leading Bruins (46-17-10) 21 points ahead of second-place Montreal (36-27-9) with nine games remaining in the regular season for Boston.

It also opened up a five-point cushion for the Bruins over the Devils (47-22-3) in the chase for the Eastern Conference crown.

Michael Ryder, Chuck Kobasew, Marc Savard and Milan Lucic all scored for the Bruins against Brodeur, who on Tuesday won his 552nd career game to become the National Hockey League's all-time successful netminder.

"Tonight was a character win for us," Bruins winger Mark Recchi told reporters.

"It was something where a lot of people were kind of doubting us. We came ready to play. The emotion was there and the energy was there."

Elsewhere in the NHL, it was: Flyers 3, Penguins 1; Blackhawks 4, Kings 1; Wild 3, Oilers 0; Senators 2, Rangers 1; Ducks 6, Coyotes 2; and Sharks 3, Avalanche 1.

In Boston, costly errors hurt the Devils. "We made four mistakes that they capitalized on," coach Brent Sutter said. "That can't happen."

The first came on the Bruins' opening goal. Ryder received credit for a powerplay score after the puck deflected off New Jersey defenseman Paul Martin into the net with 3:38 left in the first period.

The Bruins surged to a 3-0 in the second on Kobasew's wrister and a powerplay tally by Savard before Andy Greene collected New Jersey's only goal 12:44 into the second. Lucic rounded out the scoring later in the same period for Boston, 7-9-4 in its last 20 games after going 39-8-6.

The loss was only the second in 11 games for Brodeur, who made 26 saves but was hit for three goals in the deciding second period. His Boston counterpart Tim Thomas had 41 saves.

"Losing the game, especially the way we did is not fun," said Brodeur, who dropped to 9-2 since returning from biceps surgery. "But we'll learn from it."

In Pittsburgh, Simon Gagne and Scott Hartnell scored powerplay goals as the Philadelphia Flyers handed the Penguins their first loss in a month.

Philadelphia's second win in a row opened a two-point lead over Pittsburgh in the race for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Martin Biron made 27 saves, and Darroll Powe added an empty-net goal for the Flyers, who have three games in hand on the Penguins.

Kris Letang scored for Pittsburgh. The Penguins hadn't lost since February 22 at Washington, were 8-0-2 in their past 10 and lost in regulation for only the second time in 17 games under interim coach Dan Bylsma.


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