Zach Parise scored New Jersey’s first overtime goal of the season, enabling the Devils to beat the Canadiens, 2-1, last night in Montreal.
Parise was left alone behind Montreal’s defense to take Travis Zajac’s long pass at the Canadiens’ blue line before driving in to put a backhander past Jaroslav Halak 2:22 into the extra period.
Zajac scored in the first period, and Martin Brodeur made 29 saves for his NHL-record 585th career win. The Montreal native is 37-15-5 in 57 starts against the Canadiens. Brodeur played at the Bell Centre for the first time since March 14, when he tied Patrick Roy’s NHL record of 551 regular-season wins in a 3-1 victory over the Canadiens.
Former Devils forward Scott Gomez scored a power-play goal in the second period for the Canadiens, who have lost three of four.
It was the first time the Devils have played beyond regulation since Dec. 5. Each of New Jersey’s six previous non-regulation games this season was decided by shootout.
New Jersey opened the scoring 4:07 into the game when Zajac put a backhander through Halak’s pads for his 11th goal.
Gomez tied it at 1 during a power play 6:28 into the second period. He slapped home a puck that was loose in the crease after Roman Hamrlik’s wrist shot from the point caromed off Brodeur’s blocker and hit the right post.
Flyers 4, Lightning 1 - Blair Betts scored two third-period goals and host Philadelphia won its third straight.
Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers, 7-1-1 in their last nine.
Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who have lost two in a row.
Philadelphia’s Michael Leighton, starting his eighth straight game in place of the injured Ray Emery, made 17 saves. Emery has missed 16 games after undergoing abdominal surgery Dec. 9.
Avalanche 4, Sabres 3 - Matt Hendricks scored the deciding goal in the 11th round of the shootout, rookie Matt Duchene scored twice in regulation, and visiting Colorado snapped Buffalo’s six-game winning streak.
Fellow rookie Brandon Yip, playing in just his 10th NHL game, tallied for the fifth time and added an assist, and Craig Anderson made 32 saves for the Avalanche, who won for only the second time in the last five games.
Wild 6, Blackhawks 5 - Mikko Koivu and Owen Nolan scored in the shootout after Minnesota netted four unanswered goals in the third period, and the Wild beat Chicago in St. Paul.
Trailing, 5-1, with less than 14 minutes left in regulation, the Wild got goals from Kim Johnsson, Mikko Koivu, Marek Zidlicky, and Guillaume Latendresse to send the game to overtime.
Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Kris Versteeg, Troy Brouwer and Marian Hossa scored in regulation for Chicago, which had surrendered just 27 third-period goals all season. The Blackhawks snapped a five-game winning streak.
Red Wings 4, Sharks 1 - Pavel Datsyuk stole a bad pass from Ryane Clowe and turned it into the first of three goals for visiting Detroit in the second period and the Red Wings went on to beat San Jose.
Patrick Eaves and Dan Cleary also scored in the second period for the Red Wings, who have won four of five games.
Patrick Marleau scored his NHL-leading 29th goal in the first period for the Sharks.
Islanders 5, Coyotes 4 - Matt Moulson scored during the sixth shootout round for New York, which blew a three-goal lead in the third period but managed to beat host Phoenix.
The Coyotes trailed, 4-1, after two periods before Paul Bissonnette, Taylor Pyatt, and Peter Mueller scored in a 3:44 span to tie the game.
Capitals 8, Thrashers 1 - Mike Knuble and Alexander Semin each scored two goals, and Washington beat host Atlanta for its fifth straight win over the Thrashers.
The Capitals, who scored four goals in the third period, matched their season high for a game. They have scored at least four goals in three straight wins.
Blues 4, Kings 3 - Brad Winchester scored 14 seconds into the game and visiting St. Louis snapped a seven-game winning streak.
Penguins 4, Maple Leafs 1 - Sergei Gonchar scored two goals during a three-minute stretch in the second period, and visiting Pittsburgh beat Toronto for its second victory in eight games.
Ducks 3, Predators 2 - Teemu Selanne scored in his first game after missing 17 because of a broken hand, and Anaheim held on for a victory over host Nashville.
Panthers 3, Senators 0 - In Ottawa, Rostislav Olesz scored twice, and Tomas Vokoun made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season in Florida’s victory over the slumping Senators.
Flames 3, Canucks 2 - Jamie Lundmark scored the winning goal in the shootout for visiting Calgary after tying the game in the second period.