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New Jersey Devils 3 goal first period helps them get by Florida Panthers

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 at BankAtlantic Center to take a 1-0 series lead. Patrik Elias, Dainius Zubrus and Ryan Carter scored for the Devils. Sean Bergenheim and Kris Versteeg scored for the Panthers and Mikael Samuelsson had 2 assists. Pete DeBoer, who coached the Panthers from 2008-2011, got his 1st career playoff win as a coach. Martin Brodeur got an assist and stopped 24 out of 26 shots. Brodeur also gets his 100th career playoff win. His counterpart, Jose Theodore stopped 35 out of 38 shots, including facing 26 shots in the 1st period. The Panthers last playoff appearance in 2000, when they faced these New Jersey Devils. They were swept by the Devils that year. The Panthers got home-ice advantage since they won the Southeast Division. Despite the home-ice advantage, the Devils are the favorites since they have 102 points and the Panthers have 94 points. The Panthers are now in a must-win game as they host the Devils on Sunday. The last thing the Panthers want is going to New Jersey down 2-0. The Panthers are going to have to get their scoring up and shut down Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise.