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Six-game skid halted by Devils

J. LEMAIRE 1-3 with Devils J. LEMAIRE
1-3 with Devils
Associated Press / January 1, 2011

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Backup goalie Johan Hedberg made 28 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-1, yesterday at Newark to snap a six-game losing streak and give Jacques Lemaire his first victory since replacing John MacLean behind the bench.

Lemaire lost his first three games after taking over for MacLean Dec. 23.

Dustin Byfuglien had his 15th goal for Atlanta. He leads NHL defensemen in goals and points (40).

Hedberg has five victories in 12 starts this season, while Martin Brodeur has five in 24 starts.

Atlanta lost for the fifth time in six games.

Islanders 4, Red Wings 3 — P.A. Parenteau scored on a power play at 3:57 of overtime as the visiting Islanders stunned Western Conference-leading Detroit.

Parenteau put in a one-timer from the left faceoff dot for his ninth goal.

The Islanders, coming off a 2-1 shootout victory over Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Wednesday night, are 6-1-1 in their last eight games.

Canadiens 3, Panthers 2 — Newcomer James Wisniewski scored his second goal of the game 3:41 into overtime as Montreal finished a seven-game road trip 2-5.

Wisniewski, acquired from the Islanders Tuesday, scored the winner off a rebound of Michael Cammalleri’s shot. The defenseman had a power-play goal in the second period.

Predators 4, Wild 1 — Pekka Rinne made 22 saves and visiting Nashville ended its five-game losing streak.

Chuck Kobasew scored late for Minnesota, which lost for the second time in three games and was booed off the ice after the second period and after the game.

Blues 4, Coyotes 3 — Alex Steen had a goal and an assist, Jaroslav Halak stopped 30 shots and host St. Louis won its fifth straight.

Shane Doan had two goals for Phoenix, the first at 6:20 of the third period to end Halak’s shutout streak at 129 minutes and 29 seconds.

Ducks 5, Flyers 2 — Jason Blake and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky each scored two goals and Jonas Hiller made 35 saves to lead host Anaheim.

Flames 3, Avalanche 2 — Tom Kostopoulos, Jarome Iginla and Tim Jackman scored in a 7:30 span in the second period as host Calgary won its third straight game. Miikka Kiprusoff made 19 saves for the Flames, playing their first game since Darryl Sutter resigned as general manager Tuesday.

Blue Jackets 4, Senators 3 — Jake Voracek, a recent healthy scratch because of lack of production, scored an unassisted goal off a quirky bounce off the back boards in overtime as host Columbus won its third straight.

Canucks 4, Stars 1 — Daniel and Henrik Sedin scored power-play goals, Cory Schneider made 44 saves and visiting Vancouver won its fourth straight.

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