SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils covers up the puck during third period action against the Florida Panthers on November 21, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Devils 4-3. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
With the series tied 1-1, New Jersey and Florida square off in a crucial Game Three on Tuesday night.
After the New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers split the first two games, the series returns to the Northeast tied 1-1, with the pivotal Game 3 on Tuesday. The Devils will be looking to rebound from a tough 4-2 loss to the Panthers on Sunday night, Florida's first playoff victory in 15 years.
No. 3 Florida Panthers at No. 6 New Jersey Devils
7 p.m. ET Tuesday -- Game 3, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 1-1
National TV: NHL Network, TSN | Local TV: MSG Plus, Sun
After falling behind 3-0, New Jersey scored two goals in the beginning of the third period and Ilya Kovalchuk had a chance to tie the game after winning a face-off in the Panthers' end with 7.6 seconds left. However, Jose Theodore blocked Kovalchuk's shot, setting up an empty net goal from Tomas Fleichman as time expired.
But while a Game 2 win would have swung all the series' momentum toward New Jersey, the Devils now must defend home ice against the Panthers.