PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils lead the Eastern Conference finals again after doing something no team had done in 26 years -- shut out the offensively gifted Pittsburgh Penguins at home in the playoffs.
The only disagreement in the Devils' locker room was whether their 3-0 shutout in Game 3 Thursday night also was a perfect game.
"I don't think there is any doubt this was our best game of the playoffs," defenseman Scott Stevens said.
Thursday, May 17
New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 0, New Jersey leads series 2-1
Friday, May 18
Colorado at St. Louis, 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 19
New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.
Or was it?
"Hopefully, that wasn't our best game of the playoffs," Bobby Holik said. "Hopefully, that game is coming up."
If it is, the Penguins don't want to see it, especially in Game 4 Saturday. Their stars, Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, were frustrated by the Devils' trapping defense and constant control of the puck and were held to five shots, and even fewer good chances.
"We've got to find a way to play these guys," Lemieux said. "We've got to find a way to play against that trap, come up with something different."
The Devils obviously learned from their 4-2 loss Tuesday in Game 2, when the Penguins created scoring chances off defensive breakdowns and turnovers to quickly score four goals, two set up by Lemieux.
The defending Stanley Cup champions dropped four men back to take away the Penguins' rushes, and created breakaways by exploiting the Pittsburgh defensemen's tendency to double-team the puck.
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