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Devils get job done for boss Lamoriello

Brian Gionta and Alexander Mogilny scored 16 seconds apart in the third period, and the New Jersey Devils rallied behind general manager-turned-coach Lou Lamoriello for a 3-1 victory over the host New York Rangers last night.

Kevin Weekes was 5:41 away from his first shutout in nearly two years but instead lost his second straight decision in the span of three days.

Weekes allowed two goals within 19 seconds to Colorado's Joe Sakic Sunday.

Steve Rucchin scored for New York, which has lost three straight, all at home in the team's worst skid at Madison Square Garden this season.

The Rangers hadn't lost consecutive games at home since falling to Vancouver and Colorado.

Lamoriello took over as Devils coach Monday after Larry Robinson surprisingly stepped down just 32 games into what has, so far, been a disappointing season.

New Jersey (15-13-5) had lost six of seven overall, including three in overtime, before beating the Rangers in New York for the first time this season.

Hurricanes 6, Lightning 4 -- Eric Staal scored two goals and had a brilliant assist to set up Matt Cullen's go-ahead goal, and host Carolina held on to beat Tampa Bay.

Staal's effort early in the third period likely saved this one for the Hurricanes. He took the puck deep in his own end and raced up the ice, going right past defenseman Cory Sarich.As he skated by the net, Staal centered a pass to Cullen just outside of the crease, and he beat Burke easily to give the Hurricanes the lead.

Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 3 -- Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams scored in the shootout to lift host Detroit past Columbus.

Jaroslav Balastik scored in the shootout for Columbus, but Detroit goalie Chris Osgood stopped Rick Nash and former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov.

Canadiens 4, Senators 3 -- Alex Kovalev scored host Montreal's second shootout goal after he had a goal and two assists to lead the Canadiens to a comeback win over Ottawa.

Kovalev scored his 300th goal in the third period after reaching 700 career points with the first of his two assists in the second, leading Montreal back from a 3-0 deficit.

Sharks 4, Mighty Ducks 2 -- Jonathan Cheechoo scored three goals for the first time, including a successful penalty shot and a beautiful unassisted score 30 seconds apart in the third period of host San Jose's victory over Anaheim.

Blues 5, Coyotes 4 -- Mike Sillinger had a pair of power-play goals, and Jamal Mayers scored the winner in the third period to help visiting St. Louis rally over Phoenix.

Predators 3, Avalanche 2 -- Steve Sullivan, Marek Zidlicky, and Scott Hartnell scored to lead Nashville to its third straight home victory.

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