Devils play spoiler in holding off Montreal, 3-2

Patrik Elias scored his 375th NHL goal, Martin Brodeur made 19 saves for his 669th victory, and the Devils earned a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night in Newark.

New Jersey, which was eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, dealt a blow to Montreal’s hopes of winning the Northeast Division. The Devils (18-18-10) won for the third time in four games following a 10-game losing streak.

The sputtering Canadiens (27-14-5) lost for the fifth time in six games. They are tied with the Bruins in the Northeast but have only two games remaining. The Bruins have three.

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Elias gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period, Jacob Josefson netted his first of the season in the opening frame, and Steve Sullivan made it 3-0 in the second.

Max Pacioretty and Lars Eller both had second-period goals for Montreal.

The Devils took the lead with a power-play goal. Just 17 seconds after Rene Bourque went off for interference, New Jersey took advantage. Marek Zidlicky sent a pass to Travis Zajac, who found Elias skating in alone on goalie Carey Price. Elias fired a wrist shot past Price for his 14th goal of the season.

The Devils made it 2-0 with an even-strength goal with 2:24 left in the first. Josefson scored off a mad scramble in front, poking the puck past Price.

Capitals 5, Jets 3 — Host Washington clinched the Southeast Division title, completing a stark turnaround in a lockout-shortened season.

Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 31st goal, John Erskine cleared two shots off the goal line, and Braden Holtby made 24 saves for the Capitals, who have won 10 of 11 to secure a playoff berth with two games to spare.

Sharks 3, Stars 2 — Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored goals 30 seconds apart late in the third period to help host San Jose clinch its ninth straight playoff berth with a come-from-behind victory over Dallas.

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3 — New York clinched a playoff spot despite its shootout loss to host Carolina. Dan Ellis made 36 saves for the Hurricanes.

Panthers 3, Rangers 2 — Marcel Goc and Drew Shore scored third-period goals in Sunrise, Fla, and Florida prevented New York from clinching an playoff berth.

Blues 3, Avalanche 1 — Chris Stewart reached career milestones of 100 goals and 100 assists and host St. Louis clinched a playoff berth with two games to spare, beating Colorado.

Sabres 4, Penguins 2— Thomas Vanek scored twice and Ryan Miller stopped 40 shots for visiting Buffalo.

Wild 2, Kings 1 — Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck scored 16 seconds apart late in the first period, helping Minnesota break its five-game home losing streak.

Predators 4, Flames 3 — Austin Watson and Matt Halischuk scored 1:23 apart in the third period to lead host Nashville over Calgary.