Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a power play at 3:27 of overtime — New Jersey’s slumping $100 million man’s first goal in seven games — to give the Devils their first home victory of the season, 4-3, over the Edmonton Oilers last night.
Kovalchuk rebounded after losing control of the puck about 20 feet from goalie Jhonas Enroth on the final attempt in a shootout in the Devils’ 5-4 home loss to Buffalo Wednesday night.
Mattias Tedenby and Alexander Vasyunov scored their first NHL goals, Brian Rolston also connected in regulation, and Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for the Devils. Colin Fraser scored twice, Sam Gagner added a goal, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for Edmonton, 4-26-3 on the road since mid-December of last year.
New Jersey, 1-5-2 at home, improved to 5-10-2 — 28th in the 30-team league with 12 points. At 4-8-3, Edmonton is tied for last with the Islanders with 11 points.
Penguins 5, Lightning 1 — Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 saves in his best performance of the season and host Pittsburgh won for only the third time in nine games.
The franchise goalie who backstopped Pittsburgh to the 2009 Stanley Cup title, Fleury earned his 150th career win, but only the second in nine starts this season. He had started and finished only one of the previous five games, temporarily losing his starting job to Brent Johnson.
Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 1 — David Jones had two goals and an assist in his return from a hand injury and two former Columbus prospects scored six minutes apart in the second period in visiting Colorado’s victory.
Greg Mauldin of Holliston scored his first career goal, shorthanded at 10:57 off a pass from Jones, to put Colorado ahead, 2-1. Philippe Dupuis added a goal with 2:48 left and Paul Stastny made it 4-1 with nine seconds left in the second period.
Ducks 4, Stars 2 — Ryan Getzlaf got the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Saku Koivu scored his fifth in five games, and resurgent host Anaheim extended its winning streak to six.
Jonas Hiller was back in the nets for Anaheim and stopped 26 shots — including a penalty shot by Jamie Benn midway through the third period — after watching backup Curtis McElhinney beat the New York Islanders, 1-0, on Wednesday night for his first NHL shutout.
Panthers 2, Wild 1 — Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli scored in a 53-second span in the first period and Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves to pace host Florida.
Cal Clutterbuck scored for Minnesota.
Coyotes 5, Flames 4 — Vernon Fiddler had his first career hat trick and host Phoenix held off Calgary, despite giving up two goals in the final 49 seconds.