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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - James Neal scored in the third round of a shootout and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Friday night in a game dominated by goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Martin Brodeur.

Fleury made 21 saves for his third shutout of the season and 19th of his career. He also stopped Brian Rolston, Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias in the shootout.

Brodeur extended his NHL shutout record to 116 with his sixth of the season. He made 26 saves and stopped Alexei Kovalev in the shootout. Kris Letang missed the net leading off the tiebreaker.

The Penguins moved within two points of idle Philadelphia in the race for both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference leads.

Elsewhere in the NHL, it was: Vancouver 3 Atlanta 1; Ottawa 2 Washington 0; Buffalo 4 Florida 2; and Carolina 4 Tampa Bay 3.

ATLANTA (AP)—Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots and Vancouver set franchise records for road wins and points in a season, beating Atlanta.

Mason Raymond and Alexandre Bolduc scored second-period goals for the Canucks, who have won nine of 10 to improve the NHL's best record. Alexandre Burrows added an empty-net goal with 13 seconds remaining.

The Canucks earned their franchise-record 24th road win and set another team high with 107 points. They have won seven straight road games.

Bryan Little ended Luongo's shutout bid with an unassisted goal with 5:30 remaining in the third period.

The Thrashers, 11th in the Eastern Conference, suffered another blow to their fading playoff hopes.

Luongo broke a tie for the NHL lead with his 35th victory.

OTTAWA (AP)—Craig Anderson made 31 saves for his second shutout, Colin Greening and Erik Condra scored in Ottawa's victory over Washington.

Anderson has won both of his starts since he signed a four-year, US$12.75 million contract extension Monday. He stopped 29 shots in a 2-1 shootout win over the Rangers in New York on Thursday night.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 21 shots for Washington, which played its second straight game without captain Alexander Ovechkin, shut down Monday for seven to 10 days with an undisclosed injury.

The Capitals, first in the Southeast Division with 96 points, won in Philadelphia on Tuesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games. They remain two points behind the Flyers for the Eastern Conference lead.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Jordan Leopold and Drew Stafford scored 13 seconds apart in the third period and Buffalo moved closer to securing a playoff spot.

Stafford had two goals and an assist, while Pominville had a goal and assist for Buffalo, which won back-to-back games for the first time in three weeks. Ryan Miller was sharp in making 22 saves as the eighth-place Sabres (37-28-9) moved within two points of the idle New York Rangers.

Buffalo remained three points ahead of Carolina for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Sergei Samsonov and Evgeny Dadonov scored for the 14th-place Panthers. They were eliminated from playoff contention.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Erik Cole scored two goals to help Carolina beat Tampa Bay.

Cole put the Hurricanes up 2-1 with a power-play goal at 8:23 of the second period and added an unassisted backhander 6:50 into the third. Eric Staal scored for the first time in eight games to give Carolina a 4-1 lead, connecting on a power play with 7:40 left in the third. Tampa Bay answered with goals less than a minute apart by Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne, but the rally fell short.

Gagne also scored in the first period for Tampa Bay.

Jeff Skinner added a goal for Carolina.


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