Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is in his fifth Eastern Conference finals series.
The puck stops here!
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur makes one of his 26 saves Thursday night en route to a 4-0 victory over the visiting Panthers, enabling New Jersey to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It marked Brodeur's 24th career playoff shutout — moving him past Patrick Roy and alone into first place on the NHL's all-time postseason shutout list.
Devils left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky races up ice and looks to make a pass during Game 4 against the Panthers in Newark, N.J.
The rushin' Russian
New Jersey star Ilya Kovalchuk escapes the pursuit of Florida's Stephen Weiss. Kovalchuk scored a third-period power-play goal to cap the Devils' scoring in their 4-0, series-evening victory in Newark, N.J.
Panthers center Jerred Smithson (left) crashes to the ice — but gives Devils right wing Stephen Gionta and even rougher landing on a first-period check during Thursday's Game 4.
Big bang theory
Sometimes smaller topples bigger — here, Panther Erik Gudbranson (right), 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, gets the worst of a collision with the Devils' rugged 6-1, 200-pound David Clarkson.
You can't see him, but Marcus Johansson is in that cluster of happy Caps after Johansson scored in the first period Thursday night to help Washington to a 2-1 victory over the Bruins. Washington's win evened the series at 2-2.
Bruins center Rich Peverley feels the pinch between Capitals defensemen John Carlson (left) and Karl Alzner during Washington's 2-1 home victory in Game 4.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is muscled off the puck by Caps defenseman John Carlson (top) and left wing Matt Hendricks in the first period in Washington.
As the legendary coach-philosopher Fred Shero once said, hockey is a slippery game ... it's played on ice. Here, the Caps' Dennis Wideman proves that point as he loses his edge while pursuing the puck against Boston's Patrice Bergeron.
He shoots ... he scores!
Bruins right wing Rich Peverley beats Caps goalie Braden Holtby in the first period — but it would be the only goal allowed by Holtby, who made 44 saves to support Washington's 2-1 Game 4 win.
Something to howl about
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith stops a shot by the Blackhawks' Dave Bolland during the second period Thursday night in Game 4 in Chicago. Smith stopped 30 of 32 shots — but faced none in overtime as Phoenix took a 3-1 series lead on ...
... Mikkel Boedker's game-winner 2:15 into OT, which gave the Coyotes a 3-2 victory.
Fists of fury
It's been a rugged, sometimes dirty, first-round series between the Blackhawks and Coyotes — and Thursday's Game 4 in Chicago was no different. Here, the Hawks' Brandon Bollig (right) tangles with Paul Bissonnette during the first period.
It was 50 degrees with showers in Chicago on Thursday night — but the snow was blowing inside United Center as Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) sends up a spray as he slams on the breaks in the first period. That's Coyotes left wing Ray Whitney on the receiving end.
Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell trips in front of Coyotes center Boyd Gordon. No penalty was called.
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews tries to hold off Taylor Pyatt of the Coyotes during Game 4 in Chicago.
Blues center Andy McDonald is stopped by Sharks goalie Antti Niemi in the first period in San Jose on Thursday night — but McDonald found the net on the power play 12 minutes into the third period, and that proved to be the winner in St. Louis' 2-1 victory. The Blues lead the series 3-1, and can close out the Sharks in Game 5 on Saturday in St. Louis.
Playing from behind
Blues left wing David Perron (57) is taken down from behind by Sharks defenseman Brent Burns in the first period in San Jose.
Sharks goalie Antti Niemi guards his right post — with lots of help from teammates — as the Blues' Chris Stewart looks to make a play.
Threading the needle
San Jose's Joe Pavelski sends a shot on goal as he feels the heat from a trio of St. Louis defenders.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott is surrounded by Sharks Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau during a high-pressure scramble in front of his net. Elliott stopped 24 of 25 shots for the Game 4 win.