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Devs' Brodeur picks up 100th playoff win

Martin Brodeur stopped 24 shots for his 100th postseason win, and a three-goal first period was enough to help the visiting Devils spoil the Florida Panthers' long-awaited return to the Stanley Cup playoffs in a 3-2 victory Friday night.

Patrik Elias, Dainius Zubrus and Ryan Carter scored in a span of just over eight minutes in the opening period for the Devils. Brodeur also picked up an assist for his 10th postseason point and became the second goalie in NHL history to reach triple-figures in playoff wins. Only Patrick Roy (151) has more.

"Big numbers, I think, are nice to get to," Brodeur said. "I think people always look at 50, 100, whatever, when you start talking wins to be the numbers to reach. Especially with only one goalie to have done it in the past with Patrick, it's kind of nice to be in the 100s -- even though there's no chance in hell I'll catch him."

"Two milestones -- my first and his 100th," said Devils coach Pete DeBoer, who spent the past three seasons on Florida's bench, unable to end the Panthers' playoff drought. "It's a lot of wins. He's our backbone. He's the best ever. It's a great accomplishment."

Sean Bergenheim and Kris Versteeg scored for Florida, which was in its first postseason game since losing to Brodeur and the Devils on April 20, 2000. Jose Theodore made 35 saves for the Panthers.

Flyers 8, Penguins 5: Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux each scored three goals as Philadelphia rallied from a two-goal deficit for a wild victory over host Pittsburgh.

Giroux added three assists and former Penguins Max Talbot and Jaromir Jagr also scored to help the Flyers take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Flyers rallied from a three-goal deficit in Game 1. Game 3 is Sunday in Philadelphia.

"I don't know how many times we'll be able to do comebacks like that," Giroux said. "We've got to have a better start."

Ilya Bryzgalov overcame another shaky start to stop 23 shots for the Flyers.

Chris Kunitz had two goals for Pittsburgh and Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored for the second straight game.

"We've got to find a way to be better with the lead," Crosby said. "We know they're going to keep coming."

Red Wings 3, Predators 2: Ian White and Cory Emmerton scored in the first period and Detroit got the best revenge against host Nashville with a win that evened the opening series at 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday in Detroit.

Johan Franzen also scored and Jimmy Howard made 24 saves for the Red Wings.

After Nashville defenseman Shea Weber was fined only $2,500 for smashing Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass at the end of Game 1 on Wednesday night, Todd Bertuzzi dropped the gloves with Weber 1:36 into the game, landing a good punch before they were separated. -- AP

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