Devils win in OT; Kings one victory from Western final

Martin Brodeur

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur makes a stick save during his team’s overtime win Thursday.
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Alexei Ponikorovsky scored 17:21 into the first overtime period Thursday might to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers and a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal.

In Los Angeles, the Kings knocked off the St. Louis Blues 4-2 to seize a commanding 3-0 lead in their Western semi. The Kings, who bounced Presidents Cup champion in a five-game quarterfinal, can advance to the conference final with a win Sunday on home ice.

• Friday night: the Nashville Predators hope to even up their Western semi at two games apiece against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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