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(Sports Network) - The second-seeded New Jersey Devils begin the Eastern Conference semifinals on home ice tonight, when they battle the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 at the Meadowlands.

The Devils, winners of the Atlantic Division, began the postseason by ousting the Tampa Bay Lightning from the tournament in six games.

New Jersey and franchise goaltender Martin Brodeur started slow against the Lightning, splitting the first four games of the series.

However, Brodeur backstopped New Jersey to consecutive wins in Games 5 and 6 to snap the 2-2 series' deadlock and send his club to the next round. Brodeur especially made a statement in the fifth game of the series, as he stopped 31 shots and posted his 22nd career postseason shutout to lift the Devils to the 3-0 win.

The Montreal native also turned aside 32 shots in Game 6 at Tampa, including all 10 he faced in the third period. Overall, Brodeur finished with a 2.26 goals against average and .917 save percentage in the series.

The Devils displayed a balanced scoring attack in the first-round set, as six Jersey players notched five points or more against the Lightning.

Scott Gomez led the Devils with nine points in the opening series, posting two goals and seven assists, but it was 22-year-old sensation Zach Parise turning all the heads. Parise, a native of Minneapolis, scored six goals against the Lightning to tie a Devils team record for most tallies in a single series. Claude Lemieux also had six markers against Pittsburgh in the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals.

On defense, Brian Rafalski led the way for the Devils, as he notched two goals and five assists to fall one point shy of his own club mark for points in a series by a defenseman.

The Devils are also expecting to have defenseman Colin White back in the lineup tonight after he sat out the last four games of the Tampa series with a back injury.

Ottawa hasn't had an abundance of easy playoff series in its history, so this year's postseason started off on a positive note for the Senators.

The fourth-seeded Senators disposed of Pittsburgh in five games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Ottawa, which is in the postseason for the 10th straight year, earned the fourth series' win of five games or less in franchise history. The club has never swept a series in 15 all-time playoff series.

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