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Devils rest after sweeping Rangers

AP , NEW YORK

Martin Brodeur celebrates the New Jersey Devils' 4-2 victory over the NY Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden Saturday in New York.

PHOTO: EPA

Patrik Elias scored two goals and assisted on Scott Gomez's power-play goal early in the second period -- that wiped out the New York Rangers' only lead of the series -- as the Devils completed a four-game sweep in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs with a 4-2 win Saturday.

Brian Gionta sealed the victory 4:30 into the third period with the Devils' third short-handed goal of the series after a terrible turnover by Petr Sykora. Elias scored another goal, his fifth of the series, with 6:39 left to make it 4-1.

The Rangers scored only four times in the four games, while allowing 17 goals.

Oilers 3, Red Wings 2

At Detroit, Dwayne Roloson made 30 saves, Edmonton scored three goals in the second period and held off Detroit to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

Fernando Pisani, Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff scored for Edmonton -- with Chris Pronger assisting on each goal -- before Detroit's Brendan Shanahan scored on a breakaway with 1:21 left in the second period.

The Red Wings had a power play with 4:06 remaining in the game, but didn't come close to scoring. They later pulled Manny Legace with 1:49 to go, leading to Henrik Zetterberg's goal with 22 seconds left.

Senators 3, Lightning 2

At Ottawa, Martin Havlat helped Ottawa finish off defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay in five games, scoring a power-play goal in the second period and adding an assist.

Peter Schaefer and Andej Meszaros scored first-period goals and Ray Emery made 26 saves for Ottawa, which advanced past the first round for the fourth time in nine straight playoff appearances since 1996-1997.

Evgeny Artyukhin and Brad Richards scored in the second for the Lightning, who twice drew within one in the period, but were unable to tie it.

Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle was penalized for tripping with 3:34 left in the third with 20 seconds remaining on a Tampa Bay power play. The Lightning got their fourth and final man advantage with 55 seconds left, but failed to generate the equalizer as the 20,004 fans came to their feet with an explosive cheer when Ottawa cleared the puck out of its zone with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Flames 3, Mighty Ducks 2

At Calgary, Alberta, Jarome Iginla scored two goals and Calgary took a 3-2 lead over Anaheim in the first-round Western Conference series.

Tony Amonte opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 5:49 of the first period, and Iginla made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 3:42 left in the period. Iginla added his fifth goal of the series at 1:03 of the second period.

Andy McDonald spoiled Miikka Kiprusoff's bid for his sixth career playoff shutout, scoring a power-play goal at 8:19 of the third. Kiprusoff poke-checked the puck into McDonald's skates.

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