|Edmonton's Mathieu Garon - who came up big in the shootout - helped earn extra time by denying Kyle Calder in the second period of Friday night's game. (Chris carlson/Associated Press)|
Clemmensen sinks Montreal
The New Jersey Devils faced the Montreal Canadiens with someone other than Martin Brodeur in goal for the first time in nearly 12 years, and Scott Clemmensen delivered a top-quality outing of his own.
Zach Parise scored a power-play goal 31 seconds into overtime to lift New Jersey to a 2-1 win over the host Montreal Canadiens last night.
Parise netted his team-leading 15th goal with Montreal's Alex Kovalev in the penalty box for tripping late in the third period.
"It was a good win, Clemmer played really well," Parise said. "He made some unbelievable saves and kept us in it and gave us a good chance to win."
Clemmensen, the ex-Boston College star, became the first Devils goalie other than Brodeur - who had left elbow surgery in early November - to start against the Canadiens since Mike Dunham in a 4-4 tie in Montreal Feb. 1, 1997.
"I'm not trying to replace Marty, especially not here in his hometown," said Clemmensen (25 saves). "It's tough to come in here and play because they're a good team and they play well at home and they feed off the energy of the crowd. I'm not trying to go out there and do what Marty does. I'm just trying to go out there and play my game and give our team a chance."
Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov was struck in the mouth by a puck and didn't return.
Flyers 2, Hurricanes 1 - Jeff Carter's NHL-leading 19th goal 3:34 into overtime lifted visiting Philadelphia over Carolina.
Senators 3, Penguins 2 - Jason Spezza's second career hat trick - all in the second period - lifted host Ottawa.
Sabres 4, Lightning 3 - Derek Roy scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and Drew Stafford had a goal and two assists to lead visiting Buffalo, which won for only the third time in 11 games.
Kings 3, Blue Jackets 0 - Jason LaBarbera posted his fourth NHL shutout, and Wayne Simmonds and Kyle Calder scored 4:04 apart, pacing host Los Angeles past Columbus.
Red Wings 5, Blackhawks 4 - Pavel Datsyuk scored in a shootout to complete a comeback from a two-goal deficit and lift host Detroit over Chicago.
Capitals 2, Maple Leafs 1 - Milan Jurcina's third-period goal stood up as visiting Washington beat Toronto, which lost Luke Schenn and Niklas Hagman to injury in the second.
Thrashers 5, Islanders 1 - Ilya Kovalchuk's second-period goal helped visiting Atlanta snap a five-game losing streak.
Predators 1, Wild 0 - Pekka Rinne stopped 32 shots and J.P. Dumont scored the only goal in host Nashville's win.
Blues 4, Coyotes 3 - Patrick Berglund scored his eighth goal of the season and added an assist on B.J. Crombeen's winner for host St. Louis.
Oilers 3, Sharks 2 - NHL-leading San Jose's nine-game winning streak ended on Kyle Brodziak's goal 2:40 into overtime in visiting Edmonton's victory.