Radek Bonk and Mathieu Dandenault ended lengthy goal droughts as the Canadiens scored four times in the first period yesterday en route to a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Montreal.
Cristobal Huet made 40 saves and Montreal defensemen Francis Bouillon and Craig Rivet each had two points. Saku Koivu, Bouillon, Bonk, and Dandenault all scored in the opening period as the Canadiens chased goalie Ray Emery, who faced 11 shots.
The Canadiens, who drew a standing ovation from the sold-out Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 at the end of the first, ended a four-game losing streak and won for the second time in their last eight games.
Bonk hadn't scored in 44 regular-season games when he tipped Bouillon's point shot past Emery to put Montreal up, 3-0. Dandenault, who signed with Montreal as a free agent after nine seasons with Detroit, ended a 46-game goal drought when he notched the Canadiens' fourth goal.
Former Harvard star Steve Martins scored his first goal since Nov. 6, 2003, in the second period. Martins, recalled from Binghamton of the AHL Tuesday, had gone 25 games without scoring, including two previous games with Ottawa this season.
Rangers 4, Panthers 0 -- Henrik Lundqvist made a career-high 38 saves for his second career shutout, and fellow rookie Petr Prucha scored his 20th goal in host New York's victory over Florida.
NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr boosted his goal total to 27 with two, and Ville Nieminen added one for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. It was the fourth time New York halted a skid from reaching four.
Michael Nylander had three assists.
Devils 3, Sabres 2 -- Brian Rafalski had a goal and an assist, and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves as New Jersey beat host Buffalo. Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Gomez also scored for the Devils, who have won three straight for the first time since November.
Brodeur won for the fourth time in his last five starts, preserving the win with 14 saves in the third period.
Thrashers 4, Penguins 3 -- Marc Savard's power-play goal with 3:35 remaining snapped a 3-3 tie, and Ilya Kovalchuk had two more goals to help Atlanta beat host Pittsburgh for the second straight night. .
Kovalchuk pushed his NHL-leading goal total to 32.
Maple Leafs 3, Oilers 2 -- Backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist made 36 saves and Chad Kilger scored the winning goal early in the third period for visiting Toronto.
Matt Stajan and Darcy Tucker also scored for Toronto, and defenseman Bryan McCabe added two assists to push his team-leading points total to 49. The Maple Leafs have won seven of their last eight games.
Hurricanes 3, Islanders 0 -- Martin Gerber made 30 saves for his sixth career shutout, and Carolina scored three goals in a 6:14 span of the second period at Uniondale, N.Y, to complete a home-and-home sweep of the Islanders.
Gerber's closest call came 4 minutes into the third period when he got his pad on Oleg Kvasha's one-timer. Gerber has three shutouts this season, all on the road.
Avalanche 3, Blue Jackets 2 -- Alex Tanguay and Marek Svatos scored shootout goals as host Colorado beat Columbus. Tanguay and Svatos also accounted for both Colorado goals in regulation.
Wild 4, Mighty Ducks 1 -- Manny Fernandez made 22 saves and matched his career high with his sixth straight victory in Minnesota's win over Anaheim at St. Paul, Minn.