2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Conference Quarter-finals - Eastern Conference - (2) New Jersey Devils Vs. (7) Boston Bruins

(2) New Jersey Devils Vs. (7) Boston Bruins

The series opened at Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, and game one was a defensive battle in an ultimate 2–1 Devils victory behind two goals from Jamie Langenbrunner. New Jersey then took control of the series with a 4–2 victory in game two.

Down 2–0 in the series but heading home to FleetCenter, Boston shook things up, replacing Steve Shields, who allowed six goals in the first two games, in favor of Jeff Hackett. The shakeup did not do much, as the Devils shut out in the Bruins in game three, 3–0, with goalie Martin Brodeur stopping all 29 shots he faced. Not wanting to end their season with a winless postseason and a loss in front of their fans, Boston came out firing in game four, winning the game, 5–1, and knocking out Brodeur after the fifth goal in favor of Corey Schwab, who went 6-for-6 in net.

Unfortunately for the Bruins and their fans, they had only "stayed their execution" until game five in New Jersey, where Brodeur bounced back from his horrid game four with a 28-save shutout in a 3–0 win as Langenbrunner added two more goals.


April 9 New Jersey Devils 2-1 Boston Bruins Continental Airlines Arena Recap
(Friesen, Elias) Langenbrunner 1 – 15:35 First period No scoring
(Nieuwendyk) Langenbrunner 2 – 11:38 Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 3:29 – Berard 1 (Thornton, Murray)
Martin Brodeur 26 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Steve Shields 26 saves / 28 shots
April 11 New Jersey Devils 4-2 Boston Bruins Continental Airlines Arena Recap
(Langenbrunner, Nieuwendyk) Friesen 1 – 14:17
(Madden, Niedermayer) Rafalski 1 - pp – 19:34
First period 8:52 – Murray 1 (Thornton, Moran)
No scoring Second period 13:59 - pp – McGillis 1 (Stumpel, Samsonov)
(Niedermayer, Madden) Langenbrunner 3 - pp – 0:15
(Langenbrunner, Friesen) Nieuwendyk 1 – 14:24
Third period No scoring
Martin Brodeur 24 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Steve Shields 26 saves / 30 shots
April 13 Boston Bruins 0-3 New Jersey Devils FleetCenter Recap
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period 1:11 - Stevens 1 (Madden)
No scoring Third period 12:00 – Pandolfo 1 (Stevens, Madden)
18:54 - en – Madden 1 (Pandolfo)
Jeff Hackett 19 saves / 21 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 29 saves / 29 shots
April 15 Boston Bruins 5-1 New Jersey Devils FleetCenter Recap
(Boynton, Knuble) Thornton 1 - pp – 19:47 First period No scoring
(Girard, Stumpel) McGillis 2 - pp – 2:24
(Rolston, Knuble) McGillis 3 – 17:15
Second period No scoring
(Samsonov, Sweeney) Lapointe 1 – 1:45
(Rolston) McInnis 1 – 3:37
Third period 1:37 – Niedermayer 1
Jeff Hackett 24 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Martin Brodeur 19 saves / 24 shots
Corey Schwab 6 saves / 6 shots
April 17 New Jersey Devils 3-0 Boston Bruins Continental Airlines Arena Recap
(Tverdovsky) Madden 2 - pp – 8:31 First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
(Madden, Pandolfo) Langenbrunner 4 – 7:41
(Rafalski, Madden) Langenbrunner 5 - en – 19:08
Third period No scoring
Martin Brodeur 28 saves / 28 shots Goalie stats Jeff Hackett 28 saves / 30 shots
New Jersey won series 4–1


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