Mike Mottau's first goal since October got New Jersey even late in the third period, and Zach Parise scored the only goal in the shootout, giving the Devils a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres last night in Newark. N.J.
Martin Brodeur (26 saves) stopped Ales Kotalik to start the tiebreaker and then denied Tim Connolly and Thomas Vanek.
Ryan Miller (34 saves) tried to protect a 1-0 lead after Kotalik scored early in the second, but Mottau wrecked the shutout bid with 6:23 left in regulation.
Mottau made a right-to-left pass inside the blue line to Colin White and then cut down low. White's shot caromed off Miller to Mottau, who scored his first goal in 30 games.
Sharks 1, Blues 0 - Evgeni Nabokov (26 saves) earned his fifth shutout and league-leading 20th win, and Milan Michalek scored with 3:55 left in the game to help San Jose extend its club-record road winning streak to eight games.
Canadiens 5, Panthers 1 - Guillaume Latendresse, Michael Ryder, and Christopher Higgins scored on the first three shots of the game and Montreal went on to an easy win at Sunrise, Fla.