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Brodeur and Devils stay red-hot

Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Brian Gionta scored his 29th goal to help visiting New Jersey beat the New York Islanders last night, 4-0, and claim its 10th victory in 11 games.

Brodeur, seventh on the NHL's career shutout list with 79, improved to 24-15-3 and lowered his goals-against average to 2.59. The goalie has all four of his shutouts this season in the last 11 games.

Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Gomez each had a goal and an assist, and Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Devils.

Avalanche 7, Flames 4 -- Joe Sakic scored two goals in a five-goal second period as host Colorado beat Calgary.

The goals pushed Sakic (561) past Guy Lafleur for 18th place all-time NHL list. It also ended an 11-game goal-less streak for Sakic, who last scored Dec. 30 at San Jose.

Ex-Boston College star Chuck Kobasew had his first career hat trick for the Flames.

Sabres 2, Rangers 1 -- Ales Kotalik had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Buffalo.

Kotalik scored 1:53 into the third period after Rangers defenseman Marek Malik gave up the puck in his own end. Kotalik scooped up the loose puck, wheeled, and fired a wrist shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist.

Panthers 3, Lightning 2 -- Olli Jokinen scored twice, including the winner with 1:45 left in overtime, and Roberto Luongo made 48 saves to help Florida beat host Tampa Bay.

Luongo was within four minutes of his first shutout since opening the season with consecutive blankings before allowing Brad Richards a goal, which appeared to hit off Florida's Chris Gratton, at 16:09. Luongo then allowed Ryan Craig's equalizer with 48.3 seconds left.

Wild 3, Coyotes 2 -- Brian Rolston scored two goals to lift Minnesota over Phoenix in St. Paul, giving the Wild their first four-game winning streak in a season in franchise history.

The Wild have been criticized locally for not spending money on a big-name free agent or two following the lockout. They pointed to Rolston, who signed as a free agent after the 2003-04 season, and now has 22 goals.

Predators 2, Red Wings 1 -- Paul Kariya's breakaway goal 35 seconds into overtime gave Nashville the win in Detroit.

It was the second win in two days by Nashville over Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. Monday night's game -- a 3-2 Nashville win -- was a makeup for the Nov. 21 contest, in which Detroit's Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench in the first period because of cardiac arrest.

Blue Jackets 6, Canucks 5 -- Trevor Letowski scored with 4:37 left to help host Columbus get past Vancouver.

Sharks 4, Kings 1 -- Patrick Marleau had two goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped just 14 shots in host San Jose's third victory over Los Angeles in less than three weeks.

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