EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice and set up another to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the puzzling Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

Zach Parise scored a goal and had two assists and rookie linemate Travis Zajac had a career-best three assists as New Jersey avenged an embarrassing 8-1 loss at Ottawa on Oct. 21.

Martin Brodeur, who gave up six goals in 34 minutes in that loss, came within 14-plus minutes of recording his 84th career shutout before Ottawa made the game interesting on third-period goals by Chris Neil and Daniel Alfredsson. Brodeur finished with 15 saves.

Hurricanes 4, Capitals 1

WASHINGTON – Rod Brind’Amour had two goals and two assists, and Erik Cole also had a hand in every score for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Brind’Amour and Cole scored power-play goals less than two minutes apart in the second period, sending Carolina on its way to its fourth victory in five games.

Brind’Amour scored for the fourth game in a row and extended his point streak to seven games.

Avalanche 3, Jackets 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Peter Budaj made 25 saves for his third career shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Rookie Paul Stastny, Ossi Vaananen and Marek Svatos scored for Colorado. Joe Sakic had an assist to tie Stan Mikita for 14th on the career list with 926.

Sabres 4, Penguins 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and an assist in his return from a shoulder injury and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 Friday night.

Thomas Vanek, Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik also scored for the Sabres, who have won five of their last six. Drury also added an assist.

Stars 5, Thrashers 3

ATLANTA – Mike Ribeiro scored two goals in the opening period and Patrik Stefan enjoyed a successful return to Atlanta, leading the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 win over the Thrashers on Friday night.

Stefan, the Thrashers’ first pick in their inaugural 1999 draft, was traded to the Stars on June 24.

Lightning 3, Islanders 2

TAMPA, Fla. – Dmitry Afanasenkov scored the lone shootout goal in the seventh round, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Islanders 3-2 on Friday night.

Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist, who stopped 29 shots in regulation, didn’t allow a goal during the shootout. He earlier made a glove save on an in-close shot by Viktor Kozlov with 42.8 seconds left in the third.

Andy Hilbert hit the post on the Islanders’ last shootout attempt.


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