EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Scott Stevens set up the first two goals and the suddenly potent New Jersey Devils extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
Scott Gomez, Jay Pandolfo, Brian Gionta and John Madden scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have nine goals in their last two games.
Martin Brodeur, who shut out the Rangers 5-0 on Saturday in his last start, was within 13:47 of his 68th career shutout, when Daniel Briere came out from behind the net and scored.
Red Wings 5, Blue Jackets 1
DETROIT Brett Hull scored two goals and Detroit extended it unbeaten streak to five games.
Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom and Steve Thomas also scored for the Red Wings, 4-0-1-0 during the streak. Goalie Manny Legace stopped 37 of 38 shots. Geoff Sanderson scored for the Blue Jackets, 0-3-2-0 in their last five games.
Islanders 4, Panthers 1
SUNRISE, Fla. Rookie Trent Hunter scored twice and New York stretched its unbeaten streak against Florida to seven games (4-0-3).
Mattias Timander and Shawn Bates also scored for the Islanders, who won on the road for only the second time this season (2-4-2).
Rookie Nathan Horton scored a power-play goal for Florida, which has lost two straight for the first time under interim coach Rick Dudley. The Panthers are 2-3 since general manager Dudley replaced Mike Keenan on Nov. 9.
Wild 6, Penguins 2
PITTSBURGH Antti Laaksonen scored twice in a three-goal Minnesota first period against rookie goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Marian Gaborik also scored on a penalty shot, only his second goal in the seven games since re-signing with Minnesota, in what by Wild standards was a scoring eruption.
Despite going 7-3-2 since a 1-5-1 start, the Wild had scored as many as four goals only once in 10 games. They had only two goals in their last three games, but still went 1-1-1. The six goals were a season high.
Fleury, arguably the Penguins' best player for the first month of the season, played a third consecutive subpar performance amid growing speculation he may soon return to his junior team. He was pulled after Sergei Zholtok and Laaksonen scored 41 seconds apart late in the first period to make it 3-0.
Thrashers 5, Bruins 4, OT
ATLANTA Ilya Kovalchuk scored his NHL-high 14th goal 3:42 into overtime to give Atlanta and win after Boston squandered three leads.
The Thrashers fell behind 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 before Kovalchuk provided their only lead of the night with a power-play goal in the extra period.
Kovalchuk drew a penalty on Nick Boynton, getting pulled down at center ice, and Atlanta called a timeout to set up a play in the Boston zone. Slava Kozlov won the faceoff, and Frantisek Kaberle relayed the puck to Kovalchuk, who beat Felix Potvin with a slap shot off the far post.
Mighty Ducks 3, Stars 3
DALLAS Andy McDonald scored twice, including a one-hopper from the red line with 11:41 left in regulation that rallied Anaheim into a tie and stretched Dallas' winless streak to seven games.
Jason Arnott broke a second-period tie, and Jon Klemm added his first goal for Dallas 58 seconds later to give the Stars a 3-1 lead. Klemm, making his debut with the Stars, scored his first goal of the season at 5:39 to make it 3-1.
Coyotes 5, Blues 4
PHOENIX Brian Savage and Shane Doan each had two goals and an assist, leading Phoenix over St. Louis.
Savage scored the first and last goals of the game for the Coyotes, who snapped an NHL record-tying, five consecutive-overtime streak just when it appeared they were headed for a sixth.
Jeff Taffe also scored and Sean Burke had 14 of his 22 saves in the third period. Doug Weight, playing for the Blues for the first time in five games, tied his career high with four assists. Dallas Drake, Ryan Johnson, Chris Pronger and Scott Mellanby scored for the Blues.
Kings 3, Predators 0
LOS ANGELES Roman Cechmanek posted a shutout for his 100th NHL victory, stopping 30 shots and helping Los Angeles end Nashville's three-game winning streak.
The Kings got goals from Kip Brennan, Sean Avery and Michael Cammalleri. The shutout was the 23rd of Cechmanek's career and third this season.
Coming off their first shutout loss of the season, the Kings scored on two of their first four shots against Tomas Vokoun.
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