EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – John Madden has always been at his best when the New Jersey Devils are short-handed.
The New York Rangers only wish they could say the same.
Madden tied an NHL playoff record with two man-down goals as part of his first postseason hat trick and led New Jersey to a 4-1 victory Monday night over the Rangers.
The Devils won the first two games of the first-round, best-of-seven matchup on home ice and will carry a 2-0 advantage – one they’ve never squandered – into Game 3 at New York on Wednesday.
Goaltender Kevin Weekes was sharp at times, making 21 saves in the loss.
New Jersey won its 13th straight game while New York dropped its seventh consecutive.
Sabres 8, Flyers 2
BUFFALO, N.Y.- The rest of the Philadelphia Flyers know exactly how rookie R.J. Umberger felt after they, too, where flattened by the Buffalo Sabres.
Two nights after Umberger was knocked woozy by Brian Campbell’s heavy but legal hit, Buffalo’s J.P. Dumont and Jason Pominville each had three goals and an assist to help the Sabres beat the Flyers 8-2 for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.
Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik also scored, and Paul Gaustad had three assists in a game the Sabres led 5-0 after the first period.
The Sabres, who needed 58 shots to beat Philadelphia 3-2 in double overtime on Saturday night, scored twice on their first three shots and needed only 12 to build a 6-1 lead on Dumont’s third goal midway through the second period.