Flyers Top Devils, Clinch Playoff Spot

Biron posts his fourth shutout of the season
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 9:48 PM CDT
Philadelphia Flyers Joffrey Lupul, left, shoots on New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, right, during the second period of their NHL game on Friday, April 4, 2008, in Philadelphia.    (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
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(Newser) – Martin Biron stopped all 22 shots for his fourth shutout and Philadelphia clinched a playoff spot with a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. The Flyers' remarkable turnaround from the worst team in the NHL last season to the Eastern Conference playoffs was completed when Florida beat Carolina 4-3 shortly after Philadelphia's win, reports AP.

Biron, who has never played a postseason game, recorded his 22nd career shutout. Meantime, Martin Brodeur made 33 saves and was having one of the more dazzling performances against the Flyers by a visiting goalie this season until the third. He stopped just about everything until he allowed two straight goals and was pulled for Kevin Weekes.