EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Pat Quinn has more to worry about than losing by four goals, falling behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven series and being outplayed for the third straight game by the New Jersey Devils.
In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal Monday night, Quinn saw his Toronto Maple Leafs quit.
''I'm not happy how we played,'' Quinn said after the Devils' 5-1 win at the Continental Airlines Arena. ''Part of it was how well they played and part of it was we did not respond. In the third period we did not compete.''
In some ways, that's understandable.
Toronto played its best period of the series in the first period and got the wide-open, free-skating contest it wanted.
However, the Maple Leafs were stoned for the second straight game by Martin Brodeur. The Devils goalie stopped odd-man rushes by Dmitry Khristich, Igor Korolev and Wendel Clark and great chances in close by Khristich, Adam Mair and Sergei Berezin.
''I think one of the reasons we lost was we got frustrated,'' Khristich said. ''We kind of lost control of the game. We tried to do the wrong things.''
The Maple Leafs can't afford to let that happen again in Game 4 on Wednesday night. If they do, their chances of ending a 33-year Stanley Cup drought are going to be very slim.
''Our own effort was not acceptable and we have to play a lot better than that on Wednesday,'' said Leafs captain Mats Sundin, whose line was blanked for the third straight game.
In the other game Monday night, Detroit beat Colorado 3-1 to close to 2-1 in the Western Conference series. Tonight, Pittsburgh, up 2-0, is at home vs. Philadelphia, while Dallas, leading 2-0, is at San Jose.
Like the first two games of the Leafs-Devils series, Game 3 was a goalie's matchup between Brodeur and Curtis Joseph.
They went save for save for the first 29 minutes before a four-minute high-sticking penalty against Mair helped get the Devils going.
Thirty-seconds into the double minor, Petr Sykora made a nice play getting the puck into the offensive zone, and Jason Arnott eventually tipped Bobby Holik's shot past Joseph at 9:42.
''When they scored on the first power play, it turned the tide and we weren't up to it after that,'' Quinn said.
Before the game ended, Scott Gomez, Patrik Elias, Sykora and Alexander Mogilny would score to give New Jersey a 5-0 lead. Kevyn Adams ruined Brodeur's bid for a second straight shutout, scoring a short-handed goal with 4:17 to play.
It snapped Brodeur's scoreless streak of 134 minutes, 25 seconds, a span that broke Brodeur's own team playoff record of 129:51 set in 1995 against Boston in the conference quarterfinals. New Jersey won the Stanley Cup that year.
''Marty was the difference,'' Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko said. ''When your goaltender is making save after save, it lifts your team. But we also knew we had to get back to our game, because he wasn't going to be able to stand on his head the whole game.''
Brodeur didn't have to in the first game of the series not decided by one goal.
Gomez, in danger of being benched for Game 2 despite his rookie of the year credentials, stretched the lead to 2-0 at 15:03 after beating Adams on a faceoff.
Elias, who led the Devils with 35 goals this season, added a short-handed goal 2:30 later after intercepting Korolev's breakout pass at the Toronto blue line.
Toronto packed it in after that, evidenced by the Devils 14-2 shot advantage in the third period.
''It's not over,'' Quinn said. ''That's why they play seven games. Hopefully, we can scramble back.''
Game 4 will tell.
''Now we have to come back strong on Wednesday night,'' said Brodeur, who has allowed nine goals in seven playoff games. ''We don't want to have to go up to Toronto, knowing we have to win that game.''
Red Wings 3, Avalanche 1
Host Detroit climbed back in the series on goals by Igor Larionov, Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan.
Peter Forsberg scored for Colorado, which had won 14 of its previous 15.
The first three goals came on power plays, and Shanahan scored into an empty net with 40 seconds remaining. The Red Wings outshot the Avalanche, who eliminated Detroit in the Western Conference semifinals last season, 36-23.
''We tried to play desperate,'' Lidstrom said. ''That's something we didn't do in the first two games.''
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