Mon, May 19, 2003 - Page 20 News List

Senators back against the boards as Devils stay hot

AP , EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY

Devils' left winger Jeff Friessen, second from left, watches as the puck passes through the legs of Senators goalie Patrick Lalime, right, during Game 4.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Jay Pandolfo scored the tying goal late in the second period and Jeff Friesen put New Jersey ahead early in the third as the Devils remained perfect at home in the playoffs with a 5-2 victory Saturday over the Ottawa Senators.

Now the Devils are one win away from another trip to the Stanley Cup finals. Patrik Elias and John Madden added goals within the first 7:35 of the final period to seal the victory. New Jersey leads the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals 3-1 and can earn its third trip to the finals in four years with a win today.

Pandolfo has three goals in this series and should have four. He was denied a goal in Game 3 when it wasn't detected that his shot went in the net until after play resumed following a stoppage. The NHL admitted the error, but it was too late to be corrected. It didn't matter as the Devils won 1-0 to grab the lead in the series.

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