Devils’ Win Streak Ends
Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais, right, defends the puck from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
Newark, n.j. — Jiri Tlusty scored the two goals in the third period and Cam Ward made 26 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes beat New Jersey last night, snapping the Devils’ five-game winning streak.
Jussi Jokinen and Patrick Dwyer also scored for Carolina, which went 4-1-1 to conclude a six-game road trip.
With Carolina on the power play, Tlusty flipped a shot toward the net that bounced off Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador and over goalie Martin Brodeur at 7:25. Eric Stall picked up an assist, extending his point-scoring streak to 10 games.
Tlusty later added an empty-netter to seal the win.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Ryan Carter scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Devils, who lost in regulation for the first time at home this season (5-1-1).
Capitals 6, Panthers 5 (ot)
Sunrise, Fla. — Troy Brouwer scored 32 seconds into overtime for the Washington Capitals, who rallied from a late two-goal deficit and beat the Florida Panthers.
Washington trailed 5-3 before Eric Fehr scored on a redirect at 14:53 of the third period. Alex Ovechkin then scored a power-play goal with 2:49 left to tie it.
Florida rookie Jonathan Huberdeau had his first multigoal game, and Drew Shore scored his first NHL goal.
Tomas Fleischmann and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers, and Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves.
Senators 2, Sabres 0
Ottawa — Craig Anderson made 42 saves and Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra scored goals less than two minutes apart in the second period as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Buffalo Sabres.
Anderson, who picked up his second shutout of the season, was especially sharp in the third period with the Sabres pressing for the tie as the Senators snapped a mini two-game slide.
Predators 1, Sharks 0
Nashville, Tenn. — Colin Wilson scored at 2:08 of overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks to snap a two-game skid.
Pekka Rinne made 25 saves for his second shutout this season in a game in which Nashville set a franchise mark for offensive futility before Wilson scored. The goal ended the drought at just over 176 minutes in a three-game span.
Canadiens 4, Lightning 3
Tampa, Fla. — Carey Price stopped all three shots in the shootout, David Desharnais had the lone goal in the tiebreaker, and the Montreal Canadiens rebounded after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Victor Hedman scored twice and Sami Salo added a power-play goal during the final six minutes of regulation as the Lightning tied it at 3.
Brian Gionta, P.K. Subban and Travis Moen scored for the Canadiens, who were 0-2-1 over their previous three games.
Price stopped 21 shots.