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Devils ride on late power-play goals

Brodeur first NHL goalie to cross 1200th career games

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  • Published: 13:03 February 10, 2013
  • Gulf News

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  • Martin Brodeur (right), playing in his record 1,200 NHL game, clears the puck from James Neal.

Newark, New Jersey: Adam Henrique and Bobby Butler scored power-play goals 2:12 apart in the third period, and the New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday that snapped the Penguins’ five-game winning streak.

Ilya Kovalchuk assisted on the late goals, and defenceman Andy Greene had two assists, including the primary one on rookie Stefan Matteau’s first NHL goal.

Martin Brodeur made 24 saves and provided a little humour by chasing his stick late in the second period of his 1,200th career game. He became the first NHL goalie to reach the milestone.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had a six-game point streak snapped, his longest since a career-high, 25-game run in 2010.

Brandon Sutter scored early for the Penguins, who gave the Devils 10 power-play chances.

Danny Briere scored 1:47 into overtime to lift Philadelphia over Carolina. Jakub Voracek, Matt Read and Brayden Schenn also scored for Philadelphia, which went 3-0-1 on a four-game homestand.

Joe Corvo scored the equalising goal in the third period, and Jiri Tlusty and Jeff Skinner also had goals for the Hurricanes, who had won two in a row.

The Flyers have gone 24-4-4 against the Hurricanes since November 28, 2003. Philadelphia is 5-6-1 at the quarter point of the lockout-shortened 48-game schedule. Carolina fell to 5-4-1. Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves in the victory and earned his third assist of the season.

Niklas Kronwall’s third-period goal broke a tie, and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in Detroit’s narrow win over Edmonton.

Henrik Zetterberg had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for Detroit (6-4-1).

Rookie defenceman Justin Schultz scored the lone goal for Edmonton (4-4-3), and 40-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots in his first game of the season. The Red Wings killed off a two-man disadvantage that lasted 1:07 early in the third period.

Al Montoya made 33 saves, and Alex Ponikarovsky scored the only goal in Winnipeg’s win over Ottawa. Ponikarovsky broke the scoreless deadlock 5:57 into the third period. The Senators had no answer against Montoya, who replaced an ailing Ondrej Pavelec and posted his first shutout of the season and third of his NHL career.

The Jets (5-5-1) won for the second time in six games and snapped a three-game road skid. Ottawa backup Ben Bishop made his second start of the season and was solid in stopping 36 shots. The Senators (6-4-2) have scored just seven goals in past five games, including four in a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. The Senators have lost a pair of 1-0 decisions in that span. Ottawa has allowed only 15 goals in eight games.

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Saturday’s Games

Phoenix 1, San Jose 0, SO

Anaheim 6, St. Louis 5, SO

New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 1

Philadelphia 4, Carolina 3, OT

Detroit 2, Edmonton 1

Winnipeg 1, Ottawa 0

Buffalo 3, N.Y. Islanders 2

Washington 5, Florida 0

Toronto 6, Montreal 0

Minnesota 2, Nashville 1, OT

Vancouver 5, Calgary 1

Tampa Bay at Boston, ppd., snow

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