BUFFALO, N.Y. – Patrik Elias had a goal and assist, Martin Brodeur made 29 saves, and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in his return from a groin injury in the New Jersey Devils’ 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
Playing in his fourth game since a shoulder injury forced him to miss six, Brodeur’s best save came with six minutes left in the second period when he snagged Jason Pominville’s shot from point-blank range with his glove.
Brodeur has allowed 10 goals since his return.
Zach Parise, Mark Fayne, and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils (9-7-1), who won for the second time in three games. New Jersey lost 4-3 at Boston on Tuesday.
Tyler Myers scored twice after a one-game benching, Jordan Leopold added a goal, and Jhonas Enroth allowed five goals on 19 shots. He was pulled in the third period for Buffalo (11-7), which had a three-game, home-winning streak snapped.
CANADIENS 4, HURRICANES 0
MONTREAL (AP)—Carey Price made 25 saves for his first shutout of the season and P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist to lead Montreal over Carolina.
Price, who earned a secondary assist on Michael Cammalleri’s goal 7:15 in, recorded his first regular-season shutout since March 12. It was his 13th NHL blanking.
Yannick Weber and Travis Moen also scored for Montreal (8-7-3), and Tomas Plekanec had two assists. The Canadiens are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games.
Cam Ward stopped 32 shots for Carolina, which lost 5-3 to Philadelphia on Monday. The Hurricanes are 3-8-2 in their last 13 games.
BLACKHAWKS 5, CANUCKS 1
VANCOUVER (AP)—Andrew Brunette and Patrick Kane scored power-play goals midway through the second period, and Chicago rallied from an early deficit to win its season-high fourth straight game.
The Canucks, who beat the Blackhawks in Chicago 6-2 earlier this month, led 1-0 before Brunette and Kane took advantage of the game’s first two power plays.
Jonathan Toews scored his fifth goal in four games, Patrick Sharp added a goal 1:49 later in the third period, and Steve Montador also scored to complete the rout.
Jannik Hansen scored for the Canucks against goalie Corey Crawford, who made 28 saves.
The Blackhawks began a six-game road trip by improving to an NHL-best 12-4-3. It is their best start since the 1982-83 season.
The Canucks (9-9-1) had won three of four.
KINGS 2, DUCKS 1, SO
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Jonathan Quick made 23 saves before stopping six of Anaheim’s seven shootout attempts, and Justin Williams scored the winning goal in the seventh round in Los Angeles’ victory over the slumping Ducks in the season’s first Freeway Faceoff.
Mike Richards scored during a two-man advantage in the second period for the Kings, but Quick lost his bid for his 18th NHL shutout when Teemu Selanne tied it on a power-play goal with 3:25 left in regulation.
Jonas Hiller made 36 saves while single-handedly keeping it close for the Ducks, who have lost 11 of 13.
Jarret Stoll scored the first shootout goal in the third round, but captain Ryan Getzlaf answered for the Ducks. After three more scoreless rounds, Williams put a quick wrist shot over Hiller’s glove, and Quick stopped Kurtis Foster.
The rivals will meet again Thursday in Anaheim.