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Panthers Vs. Devils, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: Devils Blanked By Panthers

The New Jersey Devils have been pushed to the brink.

The Florida Panthers, behind goals from Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall and Tomas Kopecky, blanked the Devils 3-0 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Jose Theodore, who was peppered by New Jersey for three quick goals in game four (and subsequently benched), was fantastic for Florida, stopping every puck that came his way.

A puck misplay by Martin Brodeur led to Upshall's goal in the third period, one that effectively sealed the win for the Panthers (as seen in the video below).


Brodeur still gave his team a chance, however, stopping thirty of thirty-two shots faced.

New Jersey now heads home to preserve its season, and they'll have two days of rest and preparation before game six on Tuesday night.

For more on the Devils, head over to the SB Nation blog In Lou We Trust.