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Zubrus gets last laugh as Devils dominate Flyers in Game 4

05/06/2012 11:23 EDT | Updated 07/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Dainius Zubrus scored a go-ahead goal late in the second period which held up as the winner, and he added an empty-net marker as the New Jersey Devils took a 3-1 Eastern Conference semifinal series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

Marek Zidlicky and Petr Sykora each had a goal and an assist in the 4-2 victory. Goalie Martin Brodeur made 20 saves on the occasion of his 40th birthday and assisted on the final goal of the game, his third point of the playoffs.

"It's a nice one that's for sure," Brodeur told Hockey Night in Canada on the ice after the game.

"The boys kept plugging away and pretty well dominated the rest of the way," he added.

Zubrus scored his first goal shortly before getting checked in the head by Philadelphia forward Claude Giroux. The Russian veteran was able to shake off the blow to play regularly in the third period at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Game 5 will take place in Philadelphia on Tuesday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).

Giroux set up Scott Hartnell's power-ply goal midway through the first and scored a short-handed goal himself just under two minutes later as Philadelphia raced to a 2-0 lead.

But the Devils soon dominated, holding a 23-7 advantage in shots at one point.

Sykora scored on the power play at 15:14 of the first, and Zidlicky tied the score just under three minutes later.

Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov kept his team in the game with 40 saves.

The Devils with one more victory can reach the conference final for the first time since 2003, the last time they won the Stanley Cup.

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