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East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - , and each had a goal and an assist to lead the New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over Ottawa in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals at the Meadowlands. made 26 saves for the , who have won three straight in the series after dropping the opener in overtime. and also scored for New Jersey, which improved to 8-0 at home this postseason to establish a new team record for wins at home in the playoffs. The scored the final four goals of the game, including three in the third period. New Jersey can reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the third time in four seasons with a victory in Game 5 at Ottawa on Monday. New Jersey last appeared in the Finals in 2001, when it lost in seven games to Colorado. and scored for the , who have scored just three goals after winning Game 1. made 15 saves for the . "We definitely think we can come back," forward said. "All we can worry about is Monday night in Ottawa. That's what we are focusing on now. We have to put this behind us." The erased a 2-1 deficit with four unanswered goals. Pandolfo tallied first to tie the contest late in the second period. moved the puck out of the ' zone with a pass to Madden, who entered the ' zone before backhanding a pass to Pandolfo. Lalime got a piece of Pandolfo's shot from the left circle, but not enough to keep it from sneaking in the short side at 16:43. "I think Jay's goal really took the pressure off," said Brodeur. "We realized enough was enough, no more pond hockey, let's play structured hockey. We did that in the third." New Jersey took the lead on Friesen's power-play goal just 41 seconds into the third period. had the puck at the ' blueline and flipped a shot toward the net. Friesen, stationed in front, deflected the puck down and it skipped between Lalime's legs to give New Jersey a 3-2 advantage. Elias increased the ' lead to 4-2 at 4:17 of the third. fed a pass to Elias at the Ottawa blueline and he skated into the right circle before blasting the puck past Lalime. Madden's sixth goal of the playoffs came with the shorthanded. Ottawa's failed to keep the puck in the ' zone and Pandolfo raced to the loose puck in the neutral zone with Madden following. The two skated in alone on Lalime with Pandolfo carrying the puck down the middle of the ice. The pass was one-timed by Madden from low in the right circle into the open side at 7:35 of the third period to give New Jersey a 5-2 cushion. "Surprisingly, we got two power-play goals," said coach Pat Burns. "Your power play can suck all year long but when it counts, it is fun. It counted today." The , who had just three shots on goal in the opening period, scored on their first shot of the game to jump in front, 1-0. Elias set up the goal by Marshall, skating down the middle of the ice and into the Ottawa zone. Elias then slid a pass to Marshall on his right and his one-timer glanced off Lalime's left shoulder and into the net at 7:25. The went on the power-play right after Marshall scored and had several excellent scoring chances, but Brodeur made several big saves including a glove save on a shot by . Brodeur poked the puck away from Alfredsson with Ottawa on the power play late in the first period and stopped 's backhander from close range to temporarily preserve the ' one-goal lead. With time winding down in the opening frame, the evened the score on Rachunek's first goal of the playoffs. New Jersey defenseman lost the puck behind the ' net and Alfredsson quickly fired a pass to the front. The puck travelled all the way to the point where Rachunek stopped it, spun and fired a shot that went between Brodeur's legs with just 15 seconds left in the frame. The stormed out of the first intermission and took the lead on Varada's second goal of the playoffs. 's cross-ice pass found Varada alone in the left circle and the shot beat Brodeur short side, giving Ottawa a 2-1 lead at 7:08 of the middle stanza. "I think that you take the positive points from today like for 40 minutes I think we played pretty good - the score was tied, but with a bit of luck we could have been ahead," said coach Jacques Martin. "So I think you build on that and you give everything you have on Monday."

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