Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils took advantage of the absence of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 on Thursday.
Brodeur had a relatively easy night, stopping 23 shots in posting his fourth shutout of the season and the NHL regular-season record 114th of his career.
Brian Rolston and rookie Nick Palmieri scored for the Devils, who have points in a season-high five straight games (4-0-1). The loss snapped the Penguins’ three-game winning streak.
The Penguins didn’t offer much resistance with Crosby and Malkin sidelined in the same regular-season game for the first time since the 2006-2007 season.
FLYERS 6, SENATORS 2
In Philadelphia, Mike Richards scored twice and Chris Pronger had an assist in his return from a broken foot as Philadelphia beat Ottawa in a fight-filled game.
The Flyers lead the NHL with 31 wins and the Eastern Conference with 67 points.
Daniel Briere, Scott Hartnell, James van Riemsdyk and Andrej Meszaros also scored for Philadelphia.
Milan Michalek and Nick Foligno scored for Ottawa.
SHARKS 2, CANUCKS 1, SO
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Joe Pavelski scored the only shootout goal and San Jose’s Antti Niemi stopped all three Vancouver shooters.
After San Jose survived defenseman Dan Boyle’s overtime penalty for a gloved punch to Ryan Kesler’s face, Pavelski fired a low shot past Luongo’s blocker in the second round of the shootout.
Niemi, who made 36 saves through overtime, stopped Mason Raymond and Daniel Sedin before poke-checking Kesler in the final round to seal the victory.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, DUCKS 2
In Toronto, Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves against his former Anaheim teammates and Mikhail Grabovski scored twice in Toronto’s win.
Clarke MacArthur added a goal and two assists and Carl Gunnarsson and Tyler Bozak also scored to help the Maple Leafs rebound from a 7-0 road loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
Dan Sexton and Brandon McMillan scored for Anaheim.
STARS 4, OILERS 2
In Edmonton, Alberta, Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist and Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves as Dallas downed Edmonton.
Mike Ribeiro, James Neal and Adam Burish — into an empty net with a second left — also scored for Dallas. The Pacific Division-leading Stars are 7-0-1 this month and 29-13-5 overall.
Jeff Petry scored his first NHL goal, and Ryan Jones added a goal for Edmonton.
RED WINGS 4, BLUES 3, OT
In St Louis, Darren Helm scored at 1:51 of overtime for Detroit and Jimmy Howard stopped 26 shots in his return after missing two games because of a bruised right kneecap.
Patrick Eaves, Todd Bertuzzi and Jakub Kindl — with his first NHL goal — scored in regulation for Detroit. The Red Wings blew a three-goal lead before rebounding to end a three-game road losing streak.
T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and David Backes scored for St Louis.
CAPITALS 2, ISLANDERS 1
In Uniondale, New York, Alex Ovechkin assisted on goals by Jason Chimera and Nicklas Backstrom, and rookie Braden Holtby made 24 saves in his return from the minors to lift Washington past the New York Islanders.
Michael Grabner scored for New York.
In other NHL action, it was:
‧ Coyotes 2, Kings 0
‧ Predators 5, Avalanche 1
‧ Sabres 4, Bruins 2
‧ Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1
‧ Lightning 3, Thrashers 2, SO
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