Playoff slapshots: Saturday's stars, Detroit dominance, No Show Joe
My three stars from Day 4 of the playoffs:
How will Langenbrunner's absence affect the Devils? Well, the team played 50 games without Martin Brodeur and managed to survive. "All year we bragged about the depth of our team," Brodeur told reporters Saturday. "Now we'll be tested." Having Langenbrunner out of commission had an effect in Game 2, as it forced the Devils to move to a primarily three-line system -- David Clarkson and Mike Rupp were each limited to four shifts apiece (and about five minutes on the ice combined) after Langenbrunner left the game. Carolina head coach Paul Maurice said after Friday's game he thought the shift may have evened things up since the Hurricanes prefer to employ a primarily three-line system.