Scott Clemmensen had his second straight shutout after going nearly five years without one in the NHL, as the New Jersey Devils downed the Boston Bruins 1-0 in a clash of divisional leaders on Friday.
Bryce Salvador provided the sole goal — his first in 22 games — in the second period as the Devils edged the league leader.
Clemmensen, filling in for star goalie Martin Brodeur, is staking his claim for more playing time after Brodeur soon comes back from the elbow injury that has sidelined him most of the season.
Clemmensen recorded his first shutout since 2004 in last Monday’s win over the New York Rangers, and followed that up with 31 saves against the Bruins.
The Devils stretched their lead in the Atlantic Division to nine points.
SABRES 6, SHARKS 5
In Buffalo, New York, the Sabres equalized with only four seconds of regulation time left, then went on to win the shootout against Western Conference leader San Jose.
Derek Roy scored the decisive shootout goal and had a goal and an assist in regulation as Buffalo snuck past the Sharks.
It was an emotional occasion, following a day in which 50 people were killed when an airplane crashed into a house in suburban Buffalo.
The Sabres, who turned down the NHL’s offer to postpone the game, had a moment of silence before the game.
STARS 2, CANUCKS 1
In Dallas, Joel Lundqvist gave Dallas the lead for good with his first goal of the season, downing Vancouver.
BLUE JACKETS 3, RED WINGS 2
In Columbus, Ohio, Detroit’s six-game winning streak was ended by the Blue Jackets.
In other games, it was:
• Panthers 2, Rangers 1, SO
• Blues 1, Blackhawks 0
• Canadiens 4, Avalanche 2