Devils’ Brodeur posts shutout


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Martin Brodeur stopped 26 shots for his NHL-best eighth shutout of the season and the New Jersey Devils opened a 10-point lead in the Atlantic Division with a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Defenseman Brad Lukowich scored in the first period, ending a 20-game goal drought with his second of the season.

Blue Jackets 5, Blackhawks 4

CHICAGO – Jason Chimera scored at 2:31 of overtime to give Columbus a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night that snapped the Blue Jackets’ four-game losing streak.

Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. – Alex Steen snapped a third-period tie with a power-play goal and Andrew Raycroft made 21 saves to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2.

Penguins 5, Islanders 2

PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby and Erik Christensen each scored two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

Senators 5, Capitals 2

OTTAWA – Mike Comrie scored twice and Daniel Alfredsson had a short-handed goal and an assist as the Ottawa Senators extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Oilers 2, Wild 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Joffrey Lupul and Marc-Andre Bergeron each scored a power-play goal, and the Edmonton Oilers held off the Minnesota Wild 2-1.

Hurricanes 3, Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. – Justin Williams scored a power-play goal at 1:47 of overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Canucks 4, Canadiens 0

MONTREAL – Roberto Luongo made 30 saves to post his third shutout of the season and the Vancouver Canucks won their fifth consecutive road game, 4-0 over the slumping Montreal Canadiens.

Blues acquire Stastny from Bruins

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues acquired center Yan Stastny from the Boston Bruins on Tuesday in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft. Stastny, 24, had two assists in 21 games with Boston and three goals and nine assists in 11 games with Providence of the AHL. The son of NHL Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, who also played for the Blues, Yan was originally the Bruins’ eighth-round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft.

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