Devils move up in East

Collecting their third straight win with a 3-1 victory in Montreal Sunday, the New Jersey Devils continued their ascent to the upper tier of the Eastern Conference standings.

Goaltender Martin Brodeur, 7-0-1 since the All-Star Break, made 21 saves in his hometown to lead New Jersey past the hapless Habs. Leapfrogging both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the Devils moved up to 4th place with a 34-20-4 record and 72 points.

If the season were to end today, the Devils would enjoy home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They'd be matched up against their Atlantic Division foes, the Philadelphia Flyers.

Can the surging Devils, 8-1-1 over the last ten games, sustain their roll?

They'll take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto Tuesday before returning home to host the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks on Friday.