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Thursday, April 17

Updated: May 19, 1:48 PM ET

Daneyko sat out with bruised ribs Tuesday


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ken Daneyko isn't about to miss two playoffs games in a row.

 Ken Daneyko
Daneyko

So two days after his 15-year streak of playing in New Jersey postseason game ended at 165 games, Daneyko will be back in the lineup for Game 5 against Boston on Thursday night.

The Devils can advance to the second round with a win at the Continental Airlines Arena, something they didn't do Tuesday night in Boston with Daneyko sitting out a 5-1 loss with bruised ribs.

"When I came into the league 18 years ago, I never thought I would be able to stay this long, never mind have a streak like that," Daneyko said Wednesday after a short practice.

The streak was the third longest in NHL history. The only time it came close to ending was in 1995, when Daneyko had a knee injury during the season and didn't get back into the lineup until the final week of the regular season.

"I've put it all behind me now," said Daneyko, who will turn 39 Thursday. "It's all about winning the game and the series now. I'm proud of the streak, but it's over and we have to worry about winning the next game."

Daneyko, who was hurt in a collision with P.J. Axelsson late in Game 3, said he could have played Tuesday.

However, he understood coach Pat Burns' decision. He was told about it after practice on Monday.

"He realizes that I'm a little older now and banged up," Daneyko said. "I respect his decision. I'll be ready to get back out there tomorrow."

It should be interesting to see how the teams react in the wake of the Bruins' big win Tuesday. After scoring three goals in the first three games, Boston got five and drove Martin Brodeur to the bench early in the third period.

"Marty's probably the least of our worries and my worries," Daneyko said. "He's the guy back there. There's no one better. He's the biggest reason why we're up 3-1 and why we've won two Cups. I never worry about Marty. It just wasn't our night. If anyone can bounce back, it's Marty."

If there is a positive for the Bruins in this series, it's their ability to get chances. Brodeur stopped most of them in the first three games, but Boston was able to cash in Tuesday.

"We've got to go into their building with the same mentality," said defenseman Dan McGillis, who leads the Bruins with three goals after scoring just three in the regular season. "He (Brodeur) is going to be really pumped up.

"I'm sure he'll be a little hurt with losing this game and we've got to go in there and do the same things."

Goaltender Jeff Hackett can expect a big first period from New Jersey, much like in Game 4. The Devils fired 14 shots at him in an effort to sweep the series.

"I think they were hungry to try to finish the series," Hackett said. "They know how important it is to keep series short. If you're looking for a long run in the playoffs, the less games you play the more energy you have down the line."

While the Bruins might feel they have some momentum, Daneyko said the Devils have something more substantial.

"The bottom line is that they're down 3-1," Daneyko said. "I knew this wasn't going to be a cakewalk coming in. It's still going to be tough. They battled back and got a game. We don't want them to take anything away. It's going to take everything they've got to beat us."
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