TAMPA, Fla. – Martin St. Louis and Simon Gagne had early second-period goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night to end an opponent’s eight-game winning streak for the second consecutive game.
Dwayne Roloson made a pad save on Ilya Kovalchuk’s shot during a breakaway early in the second period for the Lightning, who ended an NHL record-tying 12-game homestand at 7-3-2.
New Jersey got a third-period goal from Mark Fayne. The Devils’ eight-game run was tied for the second longest in the NHL this season.
Tampa Bay also stopped Phoenix’s stretch of eight victories in a row with an 8-3 win over the Coyotes on Wednesday night.
The Devils, 16-2-2 over their last 20 games, dropped 11 points behind Carolina, which is eighth in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes beat Pittsburgh 4-1.
WASHINGTON (AP)—Erik Christensen had two goals and two assists, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots for his league-leading eighth shutout of the season for New York.
Usually known as the Rangers’ shootout specialist, Christensen had a career-high four points as New York took advantage of lacklustre play by Washington to win its second straight game.
The six-goal margin of victory was the first time the Rangers have won by more than two since a 7-0 rout of Toronto on Jan. 19.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Erik Cole continued his hot streak with a goal and an assist and Jussi Jokinen also scored and added an assist for Carolina.
Cole, playing in his 600th career NHL game, has five goals and five assists in February.
Jay Harrison and Joe Corvo scored, Derek Joslin had a pair of assists for his first two points with the Hurricanes, and Cam Ward stopped 33 shots.
Pascual Dupuis scored for the Penguins.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Rookie Matt Calvert had three goals and an assist to help Columbus rally from an early two-goal deficit.
R.J. Umberger had a goal and two assists, Jacob Voracek scored, Derek MacKenzie had two assists and Steve Mason stopped 25 shots for the Blue Jackets.
The Coyotes, who had won eight in a row before an 8-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Wednesday, got goals from David Schlemko, Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski.
ATLANTA (AP)—Marty Reasoner scored his 12th goal and Steve Bernier added the deciding score in the shootout to earn Florida its first win in three games.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 45 shots to improve to 20-21-4 for the Panthers, who began the night in 12th place, one spot behind Atlanta in the East, and were winless in nine of 12 coming in.
Ondrej Pavelec made six saves before leaving with an injury, and Chris Mason stepped in to stop all 25 shots he faced for Atlanta, winless in five straight and 16 of its last 19 games.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Cody McCormick had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Miller finished with 29 saves to lift Buffalo.
Mike Grier, Jochen Hecht, and Thomas Vanek also scored as the Sabres got their second straight win after a three-game losing streak. Despite the win, the ninth-place Sabres were unable to gain ground on eighth place Carolina in the race for the final Eastern playoff spot.
Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist for the Senators.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Ryan Clowe scored in regulation and added the deciding goal in the shootout to lead San Jose.
Devin Setoguchiand Kyle Wellwood had the other goals as San Jose won its sixth straight.
David Moss, Niklas Hagman and Anton Babchuk scored, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves as the Flames moved back into playoff position in the West by gaining the single point.
Antti Niemi stopped 21 shots for San Jose.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Ben Bishop stopped 39 shots for his first career shutout and Chris Stewart had two goals for St. Louis Blues.
Patrik Berglund, Matt D’Agostini and Roman Polak also scored for the Blues, who have won four of their last six games.
Bishop, starting for injured goaltender Jaroslav Halak, sent the Oilers to their second loss in three games. Edmonton remains in last place in the NHL.