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Daneyko sat out with bruised ribs Tuesday
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ken Daneyko isn't about to miss two
playoffs games in a row.
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