Rob Niedermayer, Jamie Langenbrunner, and Brian Rolston had a goal and assist each as the New Jersey Devils returned home from a difficult post-Olympic trip to beat the New York Rangers, 6-3, last night in Newark.
New Jersey lost at Calgary and was shut out at cellar-dwelling Edmonton after opening the trip with a win at San Jose. That prompted a team meeting Tuesday that seemed to pay immediate dividends.
Bryce Salvador, Zach Parise, and Travis Zajac added goals for the Devils, who matched a season high in goals and never trailed in winning for just the fourth time in 12 games (4-7-1). New Jersey chased Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist when Rolston made it 5-3 late in the second period.
Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen, and Brandon Prust scored for the Rangers, who have lost four straight (0-2-2) after a three-game winning streak.
New Jersey grabbed 1-0 and 2-1 advantages in the first and went ahead again, 3-2, in the second. After New York tied it a third time with a rare goal from fourth-liner Prust, Langenbrunner and Rolston scored 2:13 apart to put it away. Martin Brodeur needed to make just 16 saves for the win.
Sabres 5, Stars 3 — Rookie defenseman Tyler Myers had a goal and three assists as Buffalo reclaimed the top spot in the Northeast Division with a victory over visiting Dallas.
Thomas Vanek scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Jason Pominville, Mark Mancari, and Derek Roy also scored for the Sabres.
Buffalo won its third straight — its best string since a six-game winning streak ended in early January — and improved to 36-20-9 to move two points ahead of idle Ottawa.
Jamie Benn had a goal and assist, and Steve Ott and Toby Petersen also scored for the Stars, who are 1-4 in their last five games.
Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3 — Tomas Fleischmann scored on a one-timer from the right circle with 1:40 remaining in overtime to give host Washington the win.
Mike Green scored twice, Alexander Semin got his 31st of the season, and Jose Theodore made 28 saves for the Capitals.
Jussi Jokinen scored his 27th goal, and Patrick Dwyer and Tuomo Ruutu also scored for the Hurricanes, who had won eight of their last nine.
Coyotes 4, Canucks 3 — Defenseman Adrian Aucoin scored to cap a wild shootout victory for visiting Phoenix.
Canucks goaltender Andrew Raycroft stopped just two of six shots in the shootout.
Blackhawks 3, Kings 2 — Patrick Sharp scored his second goal of the game 2:08 into overtime to give Chicago the victory at home.