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  • Senators 3, Devils 2: The good news is that the Devils scored. When that qualifies as a positive development, things probably aren't going well. They didn't score enough, and now they are facing elimination and a 3-1 series deficit. The pivotal play came when Dany Heatley took a shot from the right boards and knocked it into the net off Martin Brodeur's skate, giving Ottawa a 2-1 lead at the time. Hot goalies often win playoff series, and rarely does Brodeur find himself the cooler of the two netminders. But when he stares across the ice, he sees Ray Emery, who has carried the Senators and enjoyed a shutout streak of more than 2 1/2 hours before the Devils broke through.

  • Mets 6, Marlins 3: Oliver Perez impressed again, striking out 10 in 5 2/3 innings as the Mets salvaged the final game of their series against the Marlins. David Wright's defense didn't earn rave reviews -- he made two errors -- but Perez turned enough heads. He even pitched in by supplying one fewer hit (two) than he allowed (three). He also scored two runs. The Marlins entered the day as the Major League leaders in runs scored -- albeit with all those games against the Nationals -- and Perez's start be taken seriously.

  • Despite not playing Wednesday -- their game against Texas was postponed until Thursday's doubleheader -- the Yankees made news by firing strength coach Marty Miller. No one is going to have a problem with this .The way things were going for the Yankees, who saw top prospect Phil Hughes join a long list of injured starters Tuesday, fans watching the games seemed likely to pull a hamstring.