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Devils win shootout in Washington

AP , WASHINGTON

Sergei Brylin, left, of the Devils, shoots the puck for a goal past Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig during a shootout in Washington on Friday. Brylin's goal was the game-winner as New Jersey defeated Washington 4-3.

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Scott Gomez scored twice, Patrik Elias got three assists in his first game since the Olympics, and the New Jersey Devils won a five-round shootout on Friday to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3.

Viktor Kozlov, Gomez and Sergei Brylin scored for the Devils in the shootout, decided when goalie Martin Brodeur stopped Ben Clymer in round five. Brian Willsie and Brooks Laich converted in the shootout for the Capitals.

The Capitals' Dainius Zubrus sent the game to overtime with a power-play goal with 33 seconds left in regulation. Matt Pettinger and Bryan Muir gave Washington a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Brian Gionta added his 35th goal for the Devils, who swept the four-game season series.

Islanders 2, Maple Leafs 1, SO

At Uniondale, New York, Rick DiPietro stopped Darcy Tucker in the shootout right on the goal line, and New York beat Toronto.

Miroslav Satan scored the only goal in the tiebreaker, converting for the seventh time in nine tries as the Islanders earned their third shootout win in five games.

Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe and New York rookie Robert Nilsson traded second-period goals.

Rick DiPietro stopped 22 shots for the Islanders, and Ed Belfour had 26 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Senators 3, Thrashers 1

At Atlanta, Daniel Alfredsson opened Ottawa's three-goal flurry in the first 5:02, and the Senators held Atlanta to just 17 shots.

Alfredsson stole Bobby Holik's soft pass to Slava Kozlov, and scored his 36th goal, over the left shoulder of goalie Kari Lehtonen just 1:43 into game. Chris Kelly's sixth goal, a wrister that beat Lehtonen in nearly the same spot, gave the Senators a 2-0 lead 58 seconds later.

Bryan Smolinski capped the early outburst with his 14th goal.

Ilya Kovalchuk's 41st goal, coming at the 4:26 mark of the second, gave him 21 on the power play to tie the New York Rangers' Jaromir Jagr for the NHL lead.

Blues 2, Wild 1, OT

At St. Louis, rookie Lee Stempniak scored on a deflection 25 seconds into overtime, helping St. Louis beat Minnesota and improve to 7-1-2 in its last 10 games.

Timofei Shishkanov added his first career goal and Curtis Sanford stopped 22 shots for the Blues, who have gone to extra time their last five games at home, winning twice in overtime and twice in shootouts.

Marian Gaborik scored his 30th goal, tying his own franchise season record, for the Wild.

Minnesota has lost five straight road games.

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