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Pro Hockey: Devils top Panthers 3-2 in a double-OT Game 7
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SUNRISE, Fla.—Adam Henrique scored his second goal of the game at 3:47 of the second overtime, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Florida Panthers 3–2 in Game 7 early this morning to advance to second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Devils wasted a 2–0 lead in the third period, then recovered and earned a matchup with Philadelphia in the East semifinals. Stephen Gionta also scored in regulation for New Jersey, which won a series for the first time since 2007.
Martin Brodeur made 43 saves for the Devils in a game that ended on April 27—the 20th anniversary of Brodeur’s first playoff appearance for New Jersey.
Stephen Weiss and Marcel Goc scored third-period goals for the Panthers, and Jose Theodore made 32 saves. The Panthers made a surprising run to the Southeast Division title this season, earning their first postseason berth in 12 years.