PHILADELPHIA – James van Riemsdyk and Danny Briere scored, and Brian Boucher stopped 34 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
The NHL-worst Devils lost one day after trading captain Jamie Langenbrunner to Dallas. New Jersey dropped its 11th straight road game, one shy of the team record set in 1983.
Martin Brodeur didn’t start for the third straight game but replaced ineffective Johan Hedberg in the first period. Hedberg allowed two quick goals. Brodeur stopped all 19 shots he faced
Defenceman Andy Greene scored a deflected goal for New Jersey midway through the second period.
DENVER (AP)—John Tavares scored 3:52 into overtime and Kevin Poulin stopped 34 shots in his first NHL start, lifting the New York Islanders over Colorado.
Jeremy Colliton scored twice and Blake Comeau added a goal as the Islanders won for the fourth time in five games.
The Avalanche tied the game with four seconds remaining in regulation when Milan Hejduk sent in a backhanded shot from the side. It was Hejduk’s second goal of the game.
Colliton was playing in his first game of the season for New York after being called up the day before. He had one career goal entering the game, but scored twice on the power play.
Poulin was shaky at the start, giving up quick goals to Hejduk and David Koci just 1:47 in.
WASHINGTON (AP)—Alex Ovechkin’s skates left the ice as he scored a goal off a breakaway, and Mike Green and Eric Fehr also contributed two points apiece, helping Washington edge Florida.
Green snapped a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal with 6:52 left, putting in a backhander off assists from Fehr and Ovechkin. About two minutes later, Ovechkin made it 3-1, taking the puck off the boards, streaking in, and tumbling to his back after scoring his 15th goal.
Florida’s Evgeny Dadonov scored off a rebound with 1:37 remaining to make it a one-goal game, but the Panthers couldn’t convert on a power play over the final 65 seconds. Mike Santorelli also scored for Florida.
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Jose Theodore made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season and 30th of his NHL career, and Minnesota shut down Sidney Crosby-less Penguins.
Chuck Kobasew, Martin Havlat, Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild, who are on a season-high, four-game winning streak. Theodore improved to 19-4-3 against Pittsburgh, including 17-1-3 in his past 21 starts.
Theodore has started each game of the Wild’s winning streak because usual starter Nicklas Backstrom is out with a groin injury. Theodore has allowed only two goals in three games.
The Wild are 9-2-1 against the Penguins and have never allowed more than two goals in a game. Minnesota has won six of seven games in Pittsburgh.
Crosby missed his second straight game—both Penguins losses—because of a concussion.
OTTAWA (AP)—Martin St. Louis scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period to give Tampa Bay a victory over Ottawa.
Adam Hall added a goal for the Lightning, who got 31 saves from Dwayne Roloson.
Zack Smith scored the lone goal for the Senators. Brian Elliott stopped 25 shots.
Roloson, acquired by the Lightning last week, was solid in the second period. He made saves on Milan Michalek and Nick Foligno, but he was unable to stop Smith.
The Lightning took the lead at 5:43 of the third on St. Louis’ 18th goal.
MONTREAL (AP)—Max Pacioretty scored 3:43 into overtime, completing Montreal’s come-from-behind win over Boston.
Pacioretty put a wrist shot past Tim Thomas into the top left corner and then pushed Bruins captain Zdeno Chara as he skated behind him, touching off a wild scene in the right corner.
Montreal, which played its 3,000th NHL home game, tied it with two goals late in the third. Scott Gomez scored a power-play goal at 17:38 to ruin Thomas’s shutout bid and draw the Canadiens to 2-1.
Brian Gionta scored the tying goal with 47.7 seconds remaining in regulation.
Patrice Bergeron scored a pair of second-period goals for Boston.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Martin Biron made 24 saves to beat St. Louis for the first time in 11 career games and Sean Avery scored the go-ahead goal in the second period of the New York Rangers’ victory.
Brandon Dubinsky had two assists—also helping to set up Derek Stepan’s goal—for the Rangers, the only NHL team that hadn’t beaten the Blues in regulation the last 10 seasons. New York leads the NHL with 31 road points (15-7-1). The Rangers earned a shootout victory at Dallas on Friday, and are 10-1 on the back end when playing on consecutive nights.
The Blues’ Brad Winchester opened the scoring on a deflection early in the second period.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Drew Stafford scored 3:12 into overtime to lift Buffalo over Phoenix.
Jordan Leopold also scored and Ryan Miller made 33 saves for the Sabres, who won for the fourth time in five games. Buffalo won its fifth straight against Phoenix.
Scottie Upshall scored the lone goal for the Coyotes, who are winless in six overtime games this season.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Sergei Kostitsyn broke a tie early in the third period by scoring in his fifth straight game to lead Nashville to its fifth straight win.
Pekka Rinne made 42 saves, and David Legwand also scored for the Predators, who have bracketed a pair of five-game winning streaks around a five-game skid in their past 15 contests.
Rookie Logan Couture scored the lone goal for San Jose, which has dropped three straight home games this week. The Sharks have lost four straight at home, dating to last month, and have scored just four goals in those losses, including a pair of shutouts.
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Jarret Stoll scored two goals, one short-handed, and Los Angeles snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Columbus.
Dustin Brown started a three-goal first period with his team-high 17th, rookie defenceman Alec Martinez scored during a power play, and Ryan Smyth added an insurance goal after Columbus cut a 4-0 deficit to 4-3. Justin Williams scored into an empty net during a power play with 31 seconds remaining. Defencemen Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson each had two assists, as did Marco Sturm.
Jonathan Quick made 31 saves for the Kings.
VANCOUVER (AP)—Jiri Hudler scored the only goal of the shootout and Detroit beat the Canucks.
Johan Franzen tied it for Detroit on a power-play breakaway 42 seconds into the third period.
Jimmy Howard, who made 34 saves through overtime, stopped Jeff Tambellini, Ryan Kesler and Daniel Sedin in the shootout for the Red Wings. Detroit snapped the Canucks’ eight-game winning streak.
Vancouver remained atop the NHL standings with 60 points, one more than Detroit and three ahead of Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia.
Daniel Sedin scored a second-period, power-play goal, and Roberto Luongo made 32 saves for the Canucks, who haven’t lost in regulation in 16 games (13-0-3)—dating to Dec. 5. Vancouver is 17-1-3 in its last 21 games, but two of the losses were to the Red Wings.