Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for his second shutout of the season and Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-0 victory over the Devils last night, keeping New Jersey winless at home.
Dubinsky scored an even-strength goal in the first period and added a shorthanded tally in the third during New Jersey’s first power play to tie him for the NHL lead with 10 goals.
Brian Boyle scored in the second to give Lundqvist more than enough offense to beat Devils goalie Johan Hedberg, who subbed for the injured Martin Brodeur. Brodeur sustained a bruised elbow in Chicago Wednesday.
Lundqvist stood tall for New York, which was outshot, 33-20. He was sharp against several Devils flurries in which they controlled the puck and play in the New York zone. It was Lundqvist’s second shutout in four games and 26th in the NHL.
New Jersey was blanked for the second time in three games.
Dubinsky opened the scoring 7:35 in when Artem Anisimov flubbed a shot in front, but nudged the puck over to Dubinsky, who one-timed in a shot.
Boyle, in his fourth NHL season, set his career high with his fifth goal this season. He had four in each of the past three seasons.
Canadiens 3, Sabres 2 — Benoit Pouliot scored twice, and Jeff Halpern had a goal and two assists in visiting Montreal’s victory over slumping Buffalo.
Carey Price made 29 saves to help the Canadiens snap a two-game losing streak. Montreal was without scoring leader Tomas Plekanec, who was scratched because of flu-like symptoms.
Mike Grier had a goal and an assist, Jordan Leopold also scored, and goalie Patrick Lalime made 29 saves for the Sabres, 0-6-1 at home and 3-9-2 overall.
Panthers 7, Hurricanes 4 — Chris Higgins broke a tie late in the second period and host Florida went on to beat Carolina in the first game of a home-and-home set.
Stephen Weiss added two goals, including an empty-netter, to help the Panthers rebound from a 4-3 home loss Wednesday to Atlanta in which they set a franchise record with 55 shots.
David Booth, Mike Santorelli, Marty Reasoner, and Michael Frolik also scored for Florida, which outshot Carolina, 50-31.
Ducks 3, Penguins 2 —Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf, and Saku Koivu scored during a 6:51 span of the second period to break open a scoreless game, and host Anaheim overcame two goals by Sidney Crosby to beat Pittsburgh.
Lubomir Visnovsky had two assists and Jonas Hiller made 30 saves, helping the Ducks win consecutive games for the first time this season. Hiller has allowed no more than two goals in any of his last six starts after struggling through his first five starts with a 4.06 goals-against average.
Wild 2, Flames 1 — Martin Havlat scored his first goal of the season to break a third-period tie, and Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves in host Minnesota’s victory over Calgary.
Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Wild. Rene Bourque scored a first-period goal and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 21 shots for Calgary. The Flames have lost four games in a row.
Stars 6, Coyotes 3 — Loui Eriksson scored two of host Dallas’s four power-play goals and had two assists, and Brad Richards had one of his two goals with the man advantage in a win over Phoenix.
Brenden Morrow added his 200th career goal, and Mike Ribeiro had three assists for Dallas.
Red Wings 3, Oilers 1 — Jimmy Howard made 29 saves, Valtteri Filppula broke a tie on a second-period power play and visiting Detroit beat Edmonton for its third straight victory and sixth in seven games.