N.J. gives Senators a devil of a time
Patrik Elias had two goals and two assists to help the surging New Jersey Devils beat the slumping Ottawa Senators, 5-1, last night in Newark, N.J.
Zach Parise had four assists, Brian Gionta, Johnny Oduya, and Travis Zajac also scored, and Scott Clemmensen, ably subbing for the injured Martin Brodeur, made 24 saves in the Devils' 11th win in their last 14 games.
Clemmensen, the former Boston College standout making his first career start against Ottawa, is 10-1-1 in his last 12 decisions.
Jarkko Ruutu scored for Ottawa. The Senators, last in the Northeast Division, are 1-4-1 in their last six games.
Gionta and Oduya gave New Jersey a 2-0 lead in the first period. Gionta scored 40 seconds in, tipping Paul Martin's point shot past Alex Auld.
Early goals have become a Devils specialty. It was the third straight game in which New Jersey scored in the first two minutes, setting a team record.
Elias, who has 11 goals and 27 points in the last 15 games, got the second assist on both goals, extending his points streak to nine games. It also was his 169th multipoint game, tying John MacLean's team record.
Ducks 3, Oilers 2 - Jonas Hiller made 51 saves - and stopped all three shots by Edmonton in the shootout - to boost visiting Anaheim.
Kyle Brodziak and Erik Cole scored third-period goals to force overtime, but after a scoreless extra period, Hiller denied Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Ales Hemsky, and Sam Gagner in the shootout.
Corey Perry beat Dwayne Roloson for the only goal in the shootout and Hiller made it stand up.
Blackhawks 3, Flames 2 - Defenseman Duncan Keith scored 23 seconds into overtime to give visiting Chicago its sixth straight victory.
Patrick Kane and Dave Bolland also scored for Chicago, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 32 saves to improve to 10-1-4.
Wild 4, Islanders 1 - Colton Gillies scored his first NHL goal, giving host Minnesota the lead in the second period, and New York lost for the eighth straight time.
Stephane Veilleux, Mikko Koivu, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored to help the Wild end a six-game losing streak.
Sabres 5, Kings 0 - Ryan Miller made 40 saves for his third shutout of the season and 10th of his career, and Derek Roy had a goal and two assists for host Buffalo.
Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta missed almost half the game when he was dropped by a punch to the face by the Kings' Denis Gauthier after Gauthier missed hitting Kaleta in the right corner. Gauthier received a double-minor for roughing, while Kaleta stayed on the ice face-first for about 10 seconds.