BOSTON – Jay Pandolfo and Jamie Langenbrunner scored first-period goals and Martin Brodeur made 19 saves to lead the New Jersey Devils to their season-high, fifth straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

The Devils’ winning streak came after a season-high, four-game losing streak.

New Jersey, which has played inconsistently on the road while going nearly unbeaten at home (11-1-1), had lost four of five away from Continental Airlines Arena. The Devils improved to 6-8-1 on the road.

Eric Rasmussen, Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin scored third-period goals for the Devils after the Bruins cut their deficit to 2-1.

Marc Savard had the goal for Boston, which lost for just the fourth time in 14 games.

Boston goaltender Tim Thomas, playing in his 21st straight game, was lifted at the start of the second period in favor of Hannu Toivonen.

The Devils outshot the Bruins 42-20.

Rangers 3, Senators 1

OTTAWA – Henrik Lundqvist was sharp in making 34 saves and led the Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Senators.

Martin Straka, who also had a goal and assist, scored during a two-man advantage in the first period. Jagr struck in the second as the Rangers beat the Senators for only the third time in 13 games.

Brendan Shanahan added his NHL-leading 22nd goal into an empty net with 14 seconds remaining.

Capitals 5, Flyers 3

PHILADELPHIA – Bryan Muir scored the go-ahead goal at 7:40 of the third period to help left the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Muir scored on a one-timer from between the circles for the Capitals, who bounced back after having their four-game winning streak snapped by Anaheim on Friday.

Islanders 5, Panthers 4

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -Miroslav Satan and Viktor Kozlov scored in the shootout as the New York Islanders came from behind to beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Saturday night.

Ville Peltonen and Rostislav Olesz both missed against Rick DiPietro, enabling the Islanders to earn their 15th win of the season (15-11-3).

Sabres 3, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL – Tomas Vanek drove a slap shot past goalie Cristobal Huet on Buffalo’s second shot in the shootout to lead the Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Alex Kovalev beat Ryan Miller with a backhand on Montreal’s first shot and Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere put a shot through Huet’s pads to even it.

Miller made a pad save to deny Canadiens captain Saku Koivu’s backhand attempt, and Vanek stunned the sellout crowd when he wound up and fired a slap shot over Huet’s right arm into the top left corner.

Ducks 4, Lightning 3

TAMPA, Fla. – Dustin Penner had two goals and the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks tied the franchise record with their fifth straight road win, a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Teemu Selanne and Chris Kunitz also scored for Anaheim.

Wings 5, Leafs 1

DETROIT – Henrik Zetterberg scored two of Detroit’s season-high five power-play goals and added an assist in the Red Wings’ 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Mikael Samuelsson also had two goals, and Dan Cleary added a goal and an assist for Detroit, which won its fifth in six games. Mathieu Schneider and Pavel Datsyuk each added three assists, and Tomas Holmstrom two. Dominik Hasek stopped 21 shots.

Bryan McCabe scored for Toronto, which lost its seventh in a row. Andrew Raycroft made 26 saves.

The Red Wings led 2-0 after the first period.

Samuelsson put a cross-crease pass into the open side of the net at 9:53 and Zetterberg tapped in a loose puck with 2:44 left in the period.

Samuelsson’s second goal made it 3-0 with 9:18 remaining in the second period. He beat Raycroft with a wrist shot from the high slot.

McCabe got Toronto on the board with a power-play goal with 7:56 remaining in the middle period, beating Hasek with a one-timed shot from the slot.

But Zetterberg’s second goal, with only 1.6 seconds left in the period, restored Detroit’s three-goal lead. He got his 11th goal by putting in a loose puck off of a goal-mouth scramble.

Cleary’s 10th goal came 1:15 into the third period.

Notes: The teams hadn’t played since Dec. 6, 2004. Toronto’s last game in Detroit was Feb, 27, 2003. … Detroit was without D Niklas Kronwall (groin) and LW Johan Franzen (knee). … Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice coached the Ontario Hockey League Major Junior franchise then known as the Detroit Jr. Red Wings to the Memorial Cup Tournament in 1995. … About 2,000 Toronto fans attended the game. … Datsyuk’s goal was his third in three games. … Hasek earned his ninth straight win over Toronto.

AP-ES-12-09-06 2215EST


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