Bruins 5, Devils 1

-- Martin Brodeur is vulnerable, after all. And the Boston Bruins are still alive in the NHL playoffs.

Dan McGillis was the surprising offensive star with two goals tonight as the Bruins beat the New Jersey Devils, 5-1, and drove Brodeur from the game.

"It's always nice to score," said McGillis, a defenseman who has three goals in the series after scoring three in the regular season. "It's not a big thing on my list. I want to try to keep them out of the net."

He blamed himself for the only goal Boston goalie Jeff Hackett allowed, by Scott Niedermayer at 1 minute 37 seconds of the third period, as the Bruins forced a fifth game in the best-of-seven opening round Thursday night in New Jersey.

"If we lost four straight it would have been very embarrassing," Hackett said. "It would have been almost as bad as not making the playoffs."

The way Brodeur has been playing, the Devils had a good chance for a sweep. He had allowed just three goals as they won the first three games and recorded his 14th career playoff shutout Sunday, 3-0.

But tonight, Boston scored two power-play goals to take a 2-0 lead, forcing the Devils to abandon their strict defensive approach.

"They know I'm human," Brodeur said. "Hopefully, they'll take different kinds of shots than the perfect shots they took tonight."

Joe Thornton, Martin Lapointe and Marty McInnis also scored for the Bruins. The last time Brodeur was removed was on March 13 when Lapointe had three goals in 5:15 of a 4-3 Bruins win. Brodeur left 10 minutes into the second period.

"I wouldn't say I have his number," said Lapointe, who has scored four of his nine goals in the regular season and playoffs against Brodeur. "It's nice to see that guys are shooting the puck more and pucks are going in and we know now that we can score on him."

Lapointe and McInnis scored two minutes apart for a 5-1 lead with 3:37 gone in the third period. That's when Brodeur was replaced by Corey Schwab.

"It didn't bother me at all to get out of there and get some rest," Brodeur said.

The Bruins entered tonight's game facing a daunting challenge. Only two teams in NHL history had won series after trailing 3-0. Boston was 0-13 when it lost the first three games, losing seven of those series 4-0 and the other six 4-1.

Now, at least, the Bruins have a chance to make it to a sixth game Saturday in Boston.

"We're all banging our heads against the wall right now saying, 'We didn't do the job,' and we're going to do it," Devils Coach Pat Burns said.

The Bruins were stymied for three games by the Devils' emphasis on defense and the stinginess of Brodeur, who saved 79 of 82 shots.