Brodeur injured in N.J. win
The injuries continue to pile up for the New Jersey Devils.
Already missing key players Brian Rolston (ankle) and Bobby Holik (pinkie), the Devils suffered potentially the most devastating loss of all when Martin Brodeur injured his left elbow. The Brodeur situation overshadowed the Devils' 6-1 victory over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers last night.
Brodeur, one of the most durable players in the NHL, left the game after bruising his elbow in the second period.
No one knew the severity of the injury, or offered a timeframe for recovery.
"You're asking me something I'm not sure of," said Devils coach Brent Sutter. "I just don't know what to tell you. We'll see where Marty's at tomorrow and we'll see how it goes."
Sutter said he had not spoken to Brodeur, who dressed and went home without speaking to the media.
Brodeur, seven wins shy of tying Patrick Roy's NHL record of 551 career victories, had played every minute of New Jersey's 10 games this season before he was hurt 6:38 into the second period. He did a split to make a sprawling stop, got up slowly clutching his left arm, and skated off the ice with the Devils leading, 3-0.
"He stretched out to make a glove save," Sutter said. "Then he stretched out again. I don't know exactly what happened. He got hit earlier with a shot there, too."
Zach Parise scored two goals to help the Devils end a three-game losing streak and hand Atlanta its sixth straight loss.
Brodeur led the NHL in games played by a goalie the last two seasons with 78 and 77 appearances.
Penguins 6, Blues 3 - Sidney Crosby, who was forced out of Thursday night's loss at Phoenix by an undisclosed injury, had two assists for visiting Pittsburgh, which snapped a three-game losing streak by rallying to beat St. Louis.
Miroslav Satan had a goal and two assists, and Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal each had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh.
Alex Goligoski, Tyler Kennedy, and Maxime Talbot also scored for the Penguins, who had scored two goals or fewer in their previous three contests and had been held to no more than two in their past four road games.
Canadiens 5, Islanders 4 - Alexei Kovalev's second goal of the game with 4:41 left capped a four-goal third period for visiting Montreal, which rallied to extend New York's winless streak to six games (0-5-1).
Kovalev's close-in shot beat Yann Danis, a former Brown University goalie making his first NHL start in nearly three years, and gave the Canadiens their third straight win.
Montreal got two goals and two assists from Tomas Plekanec and Carey Price made 27 saves.
Flames 3, Kings 2 - Daymond Langkow scored the go-ahead goal with 3:37 remaining, Miikka Kiprusoff made 34 saves, and visiting Calgary beat Los Angeles for its sixth straight victory.
Adrian Aucoin and Eric Nystrom also had goals, and Todd Bertuzzi earned two assists in the Flames' seventh victory in eight meetings with the Kings.
Lightning 3, Senators 2 - Evgeny Artyukhin scored in the eighth round of a shootout to lead host Tampa Bay past Ottawa.
Tampa Bay won the shootout, 3-2.
Vincent Lecavalier and Matt Carle scored in regulation for the Lightning, who have won three in a row.
Maple Leafs 5, Rangers 2 - Pavel Kubina's hard slap shot with just more than five minutes to play helped host Toronto overcome a two-goal deficit.
Toronto scored four times - including two from John Mitchell - in a span of 3:30 of the third period against goalie Steve Valiquette to wrest the victory away from the NHL's top team.
Blackhawks 4, Blue Jackets 3 - Cristobal Huet stopped 48 shots and made Jonathan Toews's goal in the shootout stand up to lead visiting Chicago.
Oilers 3, Hurricanes 1 - Ethan Moreau scored two goals in the game's final 88 seconds as visiting Edmonton snapped a five-game losing streak.
Sabres 5, Capitals 0 - Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots for his eighth NHL shutout and Thomas Vanek scored twice for host Buffalo.
Predators 3, Panthers 2 - Martin Erat scored during regulation, then scored the only goal in the shootout, lifting host Nashville.
Wild 3, Coyotes 2 - Eric Belanger scored with 9:25 remaining to lead Minnesota past Phoenix in Glendale, Ariz.