Martin Brodeur scored his third career goal and made 17 saves in his first game in a month, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Brodeur had been out since Feb. 21 with a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck. Peter Harrold, Adam Henrique and Andrei Loktionov also scored to help the Devils snap a three-game losing streak.
Jeff Skinner had the Hurricanes’ lone goal, while Dan Ellis made 19 saves in Carolina’s fifth consecutive loss.
Brodeur got credit for the game’s first goal when Carolina’s Jordan Staal passed the puck back to the point from behind the net after a delayed penalty call against New Jersey’s Marek Zidlicky.
The pass missed intended target Tim Gleason and bounced off the boards near center ice. Ellis had already skated toward the bench because of the delayed penalty and could not get back in time to prevent the puck from sliding into the net.
Because he was the last Devils player to touch the puck, Brodeur got credit for the score. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Brodeur is the first goalie to score a power- play goal since Evgeni Nabokov for San Jose in 2002.
STARS 2, KINGS 0
In Los Angeles, Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney scored 4:22 apart in the third period, lifting Dallas to their fourth straight win at the Staples Center.
The 41-year-old Jagr and 40-year-old Whitney scored in the same game for the second time this season. On Jan. 19 against Phoenix, they became the fourth pair of teammates age 40 or older to score in the same game since 1942-1943.
Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves to earn his first shutout of the season. He has won four of his last five appearances against the Kings.
Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for the Kings.
PANTHERS 3, RANGERS 1
In New York, Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves and just missed his first NHL shutout, helping the cellar-dwelling Panthers get the win against the playoff-hopeful Rangers.
The Rangers had gotten back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with wins on consecutive nights this week after a three-game skid. However, Markstrom was sharp and shut down offensively challenged New York.
Markstrom, who has played in only nine games since being recalled from the minors in February, earned his third NHL win of the season.
Markstrom lost his shutout bid when Marian Gaborik cut the Rangers’ deficit to 2-1 with 3:48 left, but the 23-year-old goalie settled for wins in back-to-back games.
Brian Campbell scored in the first period and Scottie Upshall made it 2-0 in the second against Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 23 shots.
BRUINS 2, SENATORS 1
In Ottawa, Dennis Seidenberg scored with 1:04 left to lead the Bruins to the victory.
Patrice Bergeron won a face-off in the offensive zone back to Zdeno Chara, and the Boston captain fed Seidenberg.
He shot it past goalie Robin Lehner through a maze of players.
Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins (20-6-3), and Anton Khudobin made 27 saves. The Bruins pulled within three points of Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh.
CANUCKS 2, COYOTES 1
In Glendale, Arizona, Jordan Schroeder scored midway through the third period and Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots as the Canucks grinded out a road win.
Schneider allowed a tying goal to Antoine Vermette in the third period, but Schroeder put the Canucks back up by punching in a rebound after a redirect by Jannik Hansen trickled past Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera.