Devils’ five-goal third beats Tampa
Martin Brodeur made 33 saves and the New Jersey Devils had season highs for goals in a game and a period in snapping a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning last night in Newark.
Jason Arnott’s lucky go-ahead goal highlighted a five-goal third period that carried New Jersey to just its third win in 18 games. It was also only the Devils’ second win in 27 games when they trailed after two periods.
“We’ve been losing games and been saying, ‘We did this right, we did that right,’ ’’ said David Clarkson, who tallied the Devils’ first two goals. “Tonight we won and did some good things, and that is more satisfying than anything in the world.’’
Dainius Zubrus, Patrik Elias, and Nick Palmieri added late insurance goals for the Devils.
Teddy Purcell, Ryan Malone, and Dominic Moore tallied for Tampa Bay, which is 7-3-1 in its last 11 games.
Arnott’s winner came nine seconds after Steven Stamkos’s questionable cross-checking penalty. Henrik Tallinder wound up from the left circle and hit a puck that knuckled toward the net, where it appeared to hit off Arnott’s hand and floated into the net.
Hurricanes 4, Thrashers 3 — In Raleigh, N.C., Erik Cole scored 2:09 into overtime to lift Carolina over Atlanta.
Tuomo Ruutu, Zac Dalpe, and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, who are 5-0-2 in their last seven games.
Stars 4, Wild 0 — Jamie Benn scored twice, backup goalie Andrew Raycroft notched his second shutout of the season with 26 saves, and Dallas matched a franchise record with its seventh straight road victory.
Blackhawks 5, Islanders 0 — Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane scored in a four-goal second period, leading host Chicago.
Ducks 1, Sharks 0 — Jonas Hiller made 37 saves in his second straight shutout, Bobby Ryan scored, and Anaheim gave visiting San Jose its fourth straight loss.