EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Martin Brodeur was waiting for shots that never came. Now he's waiting for New Jersey's next playoff opponent.
The Devils held Toronto to an NHL modern record-low six shots Monday night and eliminated the Maple Leafs from the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-0 victory.
New Jersey, which captured the best-of-seven second-round series in six games, advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since winning the Cup in 1995.
''It's a great feeling to get past the second round,'' said Petr Sykora, who scored 18 seconds after the opening faceoff. ''We just have to make sure we remain calm, we're just halfway there.''
Jason Arnott made it 2-0 25 seconds into the second period and the Devils' defense made sure there would not be a Game 7.
''We never let those guys get back in the hockey game,'' said Brodeur, who earned his second shutout of the series and the eighth of his playoff career. ''It's tough when you only get six shots -- it was hard to focus. That had to be one of my hardest games to play.''
John Madden added an empty-net goal with six seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Devils, who held the Leafs to the fewest shots in any NHL game since the start of the expansion era in 1967, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
''That was a great effort,'' Devils defenseman Scott Stevens said. ''We didn't give them anything. We didn't want to give them life. We didn't want to go back to Toronto.''
New Jersey will play the winner of the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh series which Philadelphia leads 3-2 with Game 6 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
''This was as sweet a hockey game as you could see,'' Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko said. ''It was nice for us, now we get on to another round and we hope we can build on it.''
The Maple Leafs did not win the NHL championship for the 33rd straight year. Toronto has only reached the conference finals four times since its 1967 title -- including last year's loss to Buffalo.
The Maple Leafs need to look no farther than their top line and their power play for why they could not match the regular season success they held over the Devils.
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