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Devils' shootout goals sink Sabres

The Kings' Anze Kopitar, who scored a second-period goal, battles along the boards with Dallas's Stephane Robidas. The Kings' Anze Kopitar, who scored a second-period goal, battles along the boards with Dallas's Stephane Robidas. (STEPHEN DUNN/GETTY IMAGES)
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Associated Press / January 13, 2008

Patrik Elias and Zach Parise scored shootout goals in New Jersey's 3-2 win over Buffalo last night in Buffalo, extending the Sabres' winless streak to nine games.

David Clarkson capped the Devils' two-goal comeback by scoring on a wraparound with 67 seconds left in regulation. In the shootout, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur stopped Ales Kotalik and Thomas Vanek, allowing Elias to seal the win by sneaking a backhander between Ryan Miller's legs.

Paul Martin also scored for the Devils, who improved to 8-2 in their last 10 games, and are 19-5-1 in their last 25.

Daniel Paille scored both goals for Buffalo, which dropped to 0-4-5 in its last nine, and lost its third straight game by shootout. The Sabres' winless streak is now the fourth longest in team history, and worst since a 12-game skid during the 2002-03 season.

Credit Brodeur for bouncing back after allowing goals on two tough bounces. He stopped 23 shots, including the final 20 he faced after Paille sneaked a shot in from a bad angle to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead 10:32 in.

Senators 3, Red Wings 2 - Daniel Alfredsson scored his second power-play goal of the game with 2:56 remaining to lift host Ottawa over Detroit in a matchup of the NHL's top teams.

Alfredsson restored Ottawa's lead with his 28th goal of the season after the Senators blew a 2-0 advantage earlier in the period. He also scored on a slap shot from the point past former teammate Dominik Hasek to open the scoring just 1:04 in.

Rangers 4, Canadiens 1 - Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes had a goal and an assist apiece, Henrik Lundqvist got back on track, and host New York beat Montreal to end its five-game losing streak.

Lundqvist, whose recent slide cost him an invitation to the All-Star Game, made 18 saves. He lost his shutout bid 7:10 into the third period on Sergei Kostitsyn's power-play goal. The Canadiens had scored at least four goals in six of seven.

Thrashers 3, Penguins 2 - Mark Recchi, playing against his former Pittsburgh teammates for the first time, scored the only goal in a shootout to give host Atlanta the victory.

Sidney Crosby scored two goals for Pittsburgh, but he and three teammates were denied in the shootout by Kari Lehtonen.

Blue Jackets 2, Predators 1 - Nikolai Zherdev scored the lone shootout goal after setting up the tying goal in regulation as host Columbus ended a 12-game losing streak against Nashville.

Pascal Leclaire stopped all three shooters in the tiebreaker and made 26 saves in regulation and overtime for the Blue Jackets.

Kings 4, Stars 3 - Patrick O'Sullivan scored the deciding goal in a shootout, Alexander Frolov and Derek Armstrong scored 67 seconds apart in the first period, and host Los Angeles downed Dallas.

Anze Kopitar also scored and Jason LaBarbera made 23 saves for the Kings, who evened the season series at three games apiece. The Stars visited Staples Center for the first time since their third-period collapse Nov. 10, when goaltender Marty Turco blew a 4-0 lead and lost, 6-5.

Lightning 5, Panthers 3 - Nick Tarnasky and Brad Richards each scored two goals, and visiting Tampa Bay beat Florida.

Tarnasky had his first multigoal effort in 132 games as the Lightning won for just the third time in 14 games, and for the second time in seven on the road.

Avalanche 5, Hurricanes 4 - Marek Svatos capped a third-period rally with two goals in about two minutes, and Colorado rallied three times from two-goal deficits to beat Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.

Sharks 3, Maple Leafs 2 - Joe Pavelski deflected home the go-ahead goal with 9:39 to play, and host San Jose rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period for its seventh win in eight games.

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