OTTAWA - Ray Emery stopped 25 shots for his second playoff shutout and Tom Preissing scored 4 minutes, 46 seconds into the third period, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of their playoff series last night.
Emery, who clinched Ottawa's first-round win with a shutout over Pittsburgh, outdueled Martin Brodeur as the Senators took a two-games-to-one lead in the second-round series.
Preissing beat Brodeur with a high shot from a tight angle in front of the right boards for the game's first goal.
Jason Spezza scored into an empty net at 19:04.
Brodeur, who stopped 43 shots to record his 94th playoff win Sunday, made 32 saves.
Game 4 is Wednesday in Ottawa.
The Senators ended five-game point streaks by both Brian Gionta, who had also scored in five straight games, and playoffs scoring leader Scott Gomez.
The game remained scoreless through the first two periods, with Ottawa mounting the more sustained attack while New Jersey sought to be opportunistic.
And there were plenty of chances between the two teams as both Brodeur and Emery stepped up with big saves.
The Senators actually put the puck in the net twice in the first period, though play had already been whistled down in both cases.
Spezza appeared to have opened the scoring when Brodeur had stopped a shot and Spezza drove to the crease and jammed a loose puck into the net.
Referee Kelly Sutherland quickly interrupted the celebration as he waved off the goal from his position directly behind the net.