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Devils top Lightning and East

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Associated Press / March 8, 2008

Patrik Elias scored 4:02 into overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils into first place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 victory over the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning last night in Newark.

Elias streaked down the right side on a two-on-one with Zach Parise and fired a shot past goalie Karri Ramo.

Parise gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period, and Michel Ouellet tied it in the second for Tampa Bay, the last-place team in the East.

New Jersey jumped over idle Montreal and Pittsburgh to reclaim first in the East for the first time since Feb. 29 with 84 points, 1 more than the Canadiens and Penguins.

Martin Brodeur finished with 21 saves for his 37th win.

Sharks 3, Blackhawks 2 - Jonathan Cheechoo, Kyle McLaren, and Patrick Marleau scored as San Jose nipped Chicago and tied a team record with its eighth straight victory.

Joe Thornton added two assists for the Sharks, whose streak equals the team's run from April 3-15, 2006. San Jose also won its sixth straight on the road, tying a team high. The Sharks have the NHL's best road record at 23-8-3.

Thrashers 3, Wild 2 - Erik Christensen scored the only goal in the shootout and host Atlanta snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating Minnesota.

Atlanta's Johan Hedberg denied Mikko Koivu, Brent Burns, and Brian Rolston in the shootout after stopping 37 shots in regulation and overtime. It was the Thrashers' first win since Feb. 15.

Oilers 2, Blue Jackets 1 - Andrew Cogliano scored 1:53 into overtime as Edmonton held off host Columbus after the Blue Jackets tied it with less than one second left in regulation.

Predators 2, Flames 1 - J.P. Dumont scored 2:13 into overtime, leading Nashville over host Calgary.

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