Devils 4, Penguins 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Martin Brodeur broke the NHL record with his 104th career shutout, and maybe the only surprise was how easily it came against the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Brodeur needed to make only a few difficult saves while breaking Terry Sawchuk’s shutout record, further strengthening his case to be considered as the best goaltender to play the game, and the streaking New Jersey Devils had little trouble beating Pittsburgh 4-0 on Monday night.
Brodeur made 35 saves to break the coveted shutout record only two games after setting another NHL mark. He surpassed Patrick Roy’s record for regular-season appearances by a goaltender when he started his 1,030th on Friday, and Monday was his 1,032nd game in 16 seasons, all with the Devils.
Avalanche 4, Wild 3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Matt Hendricks scored short-handed to cap a three-goal second period for Colorado, which beat Minnesota for the first time in five tries this season.
Matt Duchene, Chris Stewart and Milan Hejduk also had goals for the Avs, who took advantage of uncharacteristic sloppiness by Niklas Backstrom and the Wild and beat Minnesota in regulation for only the second time in the past 16 regular-season matchups between these Northwest Division opponents.
Owen Nolan and Martin Havlat scored less than two minutes apart midway through the third period, with Havlat’s breakaway cutting the once-wide lead to one with 6:03 left and sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Craig Anderson faced a flurry of shots, including a bad bounce off the board that almost caught him out of position, in the final minutes but finished strong with 28 saves.
Canadiens 4, Thrashers 3, OT
ATLANTA (AP) – Marc-Andre Bergeron scored late in the third period to tie it, then again in overtime for Montreal.
The Canadiens won their second straight on a seven-game road trip after losing five in a row at home.
Bergeron also scored on a power play with 1:45 left in regulation to tie the game and beat Atlanta goalie Johan Hedberg after passes from Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov.
Nik Antropov and Rich Peverley scored in the third period to put the Thrashers up 3-2.
The Thrashers set a team record with 50 shots, more than double Montreal’s 23.
Lightning 4, Islanders 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Ryan Malone scored two power-play goals in the third period, and Tampa Bay shook off a pair of one-goal deficits.
It was the second straight victory for the Lightning, both on the road where Tampa Bay had been on an 0-5-2 skid before winning at St. Louis on Friday. The Lightning wrapped up a six-game trip with a respectable 2-3-1 mark.
Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier added second-period goals when the Lightning rallied twice to tie it. Stamkos, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, has 21 goals this season. He scored for the fourth time in four games after going eight games without one. Mike Smith made 36 saves for his sixth win.
Rangers 3, Hurricanes 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – New York won its third straight behind Marian Gaborik’s NHL-leading 25th goal.
Gaborik added an assist to increase his point total to 47, Brandon Dubinsky scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 shots and Marc Staal scored into an empty net for the Rangers.
They’re on their longest winning streak since they reeled off seven in a row in October, and have come a long way since the 1-6-2 stretch led coach John Tortorella to shake things up by benching defenseman Wade Redden and right winger Ales Kotalik. Both were back on the ice against Carolina.
Sergei Samsonov gave Carolina a short-lived 1-0 lead and Cam Ward made 28 saves.
Sabres 3, Maple Leafs 2, OT
TORONTO (AP) – Derek Roy scored 3:35 into overtime and Ryan Miller made 34 saves for Buffalo.
After winning an offensive-zone faceoff and an ensuing race to the loose puck, Sabres center Jochen Hecht passed to Roy in front, who deked and then went to his backhand to beat Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson.
Nathan Paetsch, with his first goal of the season, and Hecht scored in regulation time for the Sabres.
Sabres defenseman Steve Montador added two assists.
The win was the sixth in eight games for the Northeast Division-leading Sabres.
Panthers 4, Flyers 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss and Michael Frolik all scored power-play goals for Florida.
Horton scored two goals and Tomas Vokoun stopped 30 shots for the Panthers.
The Flyers have lost 14 of their last 17 games and only Carolina has fewer points in the NHL. Philadelphia has scored two or fewer goals in six of the past seven games.
Bruins 2, Senators 0
OTTAWA (AP) – Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm scored in the third period for Boston.
Thomas, who won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie last season, improved his record this season to 8-8-5 with his 16th career shutout.
Bergeron put a rebound of Shawn Thornton’s shot past Brian Elliott 3:19 into the third to break a scoreless tie. Sturm drove in alone and shot past Elliott at 13:07 to make it a two-goal lead.
Blues 7, Oilers 2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Andy McDonald scored twice and St. Louis won for the second night in a row, blowing out Edmonton.
David Perron, Brad Boyes, Patrik Berglund, Alexander Steen and Jay McClement also scored for the Blues, who moved out of the Western Conference cellar with their win in Vancouver on Sunday and gained further ground.
Last place in the West belongs solely to the Oilers, losers of all four games on their homestand. The Oilers have 34 points.
Sam Gagner and Dustin Penner had the goals for Edmonton.
Sharks 4, Stars 2
DALLAS (AP) – Patrick Marleau scored two goals and Joe Pavelski added another to lead San Jose to its eighth win in the Sharks’ last nine trips to Dallas.
Marleau scored late in the second and followed with his 23rd goal of the season early in the third. Pavelski’s goal broke a scoreless tie midway through the second, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 36 shots
Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson each had goals in the third period for the Stars.
Dallas’ Marty Turco turned away 28 shots.
Coyotes 5, Blue Jackets 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Scottie Upshall had two goals and two assists to help Phoenix win its seventh straight at home.
The streak is the Coyotes’ longest since winning eight straight from Feb. 12 to March 24, 2002.
Shane Doan and Matthew Lombardi each had a goal and two assists, Radim Vrbata also scored and Ed Jovanovski added two assists for the Coyotes, who have won three of their past four. Phoenix is 9-2-1 since losing consecutive games in Edmonton and Calgary just before Thanksgiving.
Derick Brassard and Antoine Vermette scored for the Blue Jackets, who are winless in their past seven (0-5-2) and 1-7-3 in December.