Brodeur comes up big

Posted: Monday, January 26, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Martin Brodeur made 24 saves, including a spectacular tumbling stop on Frantisek Kaberle in the second period to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday night.

Jeff Friesen scored his third goal in four games early in the third period and Grant Marshall scored a goal and set up another by Patrik Elias to help the Devils win for the fourth time (4-1-1) in six games.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 26th goal of the season and Jeff Cowan added another for Atlanta, which lost for the second time in two nights.

Canucks 4, Predators 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Vancouver defenseman Brent Sopel scored twice and added an assist in the Canucks' 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night.

Henrik Sedin and Todd Bertuzzi also scored, and Markus Naslund added three assists to help the Canucks win at home in regulation for the first time since Nov. 8.

The victory was tempered by the loss of star defenseman Ed Jovnaovski to a right shoulder injury just three minutes into the game. Jovanovski slid hard into the end boards with Nashville forward Martin Erat on his back after driving to the net and diving for a pass on a short-handed break.

Jovanovski, who has seven goals and 21 points, was down on the ice in obvious pain while a trainer attended to his right shoulder, then skated straight to locker room and did not return.

Dan Cloutier made 15 saves for the Canucks, allowing only Jordin Tootoo's power-play goal midway through the third period.

Chris Mason made 28 saves for Nashville, coming off a 4-3 victory in Edmonton on Saturday night and playing its third game in four nights.

Flyers 4, Capitals 1

WASHINGTON Mark Recchi and John LeClair each had a goal and three assists for Philadelphia.

Michal Handzus and Kim Johnsson also scored to help the Flyers win for the fifth time in their last six games.

Robert Esche made 12 saves for the Flyers, allowing only Mike Grier's breakaway goal in the first period.

Washington played with just five defensemen after losing Sergei Gonchar to a shoulder injury Friday night in a loss in Florida.

Sabres 4, Hurricanes 2

RALEIGH, N.C. Jochen Hecht had two goals and Martin Biron made 37 saves for Buffalo.

Derek Roy's third-period goal put the Sabres ahead to stay, and Milan Bartovic had a goal and an assist. Erik Cole and Kevyn Adams scored for the Hurricanes.

Roy's second goal of the season gave the Sabres the lead and sent Carolina to its fourth straight home loss. The Hurricanes have not won at home since beating the New York Rangers 3-2 on Jan. 8.

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