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Brodeur stops Flyers' streak

Devils gain ground on division leader

Martin Brodeur hasn't been this busy in quite a while.


Brodeur stopped 32 shots to record his 71st shutout, and Grant Marshall and Mike Rupp scored goals as the New Jersey Devils sent the Philadelphia Flyers to their first home loss of the season, 2-0, last night.

The Devils extended their unbeaten string to five games (4-0-1) and moved within 4 points of the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers. Philadelphia had won 11 straight home games and was 12-0-2 overall. The Flyers were the last team to lose at home this season.

The teams tied, 3-3, Friday night in New Jersey as the Flyers outshot the Devils, 40-21.

"They threw a lot of shots on the net [Friday] night," Brodeur said. "It was the same type of thing tonight. They got 72 shots in the two games. It usually takes me four or five games to get that."

Brodeur, the active leader in career shutouts, earned his seventh of the season and recorded his NHL-leading 16th victory. It was his fifth win in a row.

Jeff Hackett, who faced 22 New Jersey shots, lost for the first time in 12 starts (7-1-4). His last defeat was to the Devils Oct. 30.

Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 1 -- Mikael Renberg scored twice and had an assist to lead host Toronto over New York. Gary Roberts added a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won 10 of 11.

Eric Lindros scored for the Rangers, who also lost to Toronto Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.

The game featured 20 penalties -- including two fights. Toronto's Nathon Perrott lifted Jason MacDonald's sweater in the second period, and Toronto's Wade Belak repeatedly punched defenseman Dale Purinton in the face in the third.

Red Wings 5, Capitals 1 -- Pavel Datsyuk had two goals, including one when his pass was deflected in off a defenseman, and two assists in Detroit's victory in Washington. Datsyuk, who has surpassed his career high in goals, got his 16th when Washington's Jason Doig diverted his crossing pass into the open side of the net.

Datsyuk, who was scoring on 28.3 percent of his shots entering the game, scored a more conventional goal with a late slap shot. He also assisted on goals by Kris Draper and Brendan Shanahan and drew the assignment of shadowing Jaromir Jagr most of the game.

Canadiens 5, Lightning 2 -- Yanic Perreault and Stephane Quintal scored 45 seconds apart late in the first period and visiting Montreal beat Tampa Bay. Perreault added an empty-net goal in the third period.

Niklas Sundstrom and Saku Koivu had the other Montreal goals and Sheldon Souray had three assists as the Canadiens improved to 6-3-2 in their last 11 games.

Islanders 4, Thrashers 0 -- Trent Hunter snapped a scoreless tie with 8:45 left and New York tacked on three more goals to beat Atlanta in Uniondale, N.Y. Garth Snow stopped 18 shots for his first shutout of the season, and Shawn Bates, Alexei Yashin, and Michael Peca also scored for the Islanders, 3-0-0-1 following a seven-game losing streak.

The surprising Thrashers, who lead the Southeast Division, had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Blues 2, Kings 1 -- Pavol Demitra and Eric Nickulas scored first-period goals and Chris Osgood made 21 saves to lead St. Louis past visiting Los Angeles. Osgood earned his 289th career victory, which ranks sixth among active players. Los Angeles's Cristobal Huet faced 27 shots.

Wild 3, Sabres 2 -- Jim Dowd scored in the final minute to rally Minnesota over Buffalo in St. Paul. Dowd's slap shot from the top of the right circle hit the blocker of goaltender Mika Noronen and deflected in. It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Sabres.

Avalanche 1, Flames 1 -- John-Michael Liles scored the tying goal late in the third period and David Aebischer made 32 saves to help visiting Colorado salvage a tie with Calgary. Robyn Regehr scored the lone goal for the Flames, 9-1-1-2 in their last 13 and unbeaten in six home games (4-0-2).

Sharks 2, Mighty Ducks 0 -- Evgeni Nabokov stopped 28 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Alex Korolyuk scored the first goal in host San Jose's victory over Anaheim. Jonathan Cheechoo scored a late power-play goal for the Sharks, who extended their franchise-record home unbeaten streak to eight games (4-0-4).

Predators 2, Panthers 2 -- Martin Erat scored late in the second period to help host Nashville tie Florida.

Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 3 -- Tomas Surovy scored two goals and Aleksey Morozov added three assists as host Pittsburgh tripped Columbus.

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