NEWARK, N.J. - Patrik Elias scored his second goal of the game with 1 minute, 44 seconds left in overtime, and the New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to eight games with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins last night.
Zach Parise also scored twice and Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for the Devils, who faced a 3-0 deficit after the first period.
Zdeno Chara, Glen Murray and Dennis Wideman scored for Boston.
On the winner, Elias took a drop pass from Parise and beat goalie Tuukka Rask with a screened shot that went between the legs of Boston defenseman Andrew Alberts.
Rask came in for Tim Thomas after the starter fell awkwardly while trying to snare a deflected shot with 1:10 left in regulation time.
Senators 5, Panthers 4
SUNRISE, Fla. - Randy Robitaille scored twice, and Ray Emery stopped a penalty shot in the third period to help Ottawa snap a seven-game losing streak by edging Florida.
Mike Fisher, Nick Foligno and Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators.
The losing streak was Ottawa's longest since an 11-game slide in the 1995-96 season.
Kamil Kreps tried to beat Emery with a feint to his forehand, but Emery made a pad save on the penalty shot, at 4:35.
Olli Jokinen had two goals for Florida, which has lost three in a row since a four-game winning streak got the Panthers to .500.
Thrashers 4, Islanders 3
ATLANTA - Atlanta overcome nine wasted power plays and won in a shoot-out, handing New York its fourth straight loss.
Slava Kozlov and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in the shoot-out for Atlanta. Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped Bill Guerin and Miroslav Satan.
The Thrashers led by 3-1 before the Islanders rallied with Michael Sillinger's goal in the final second of the second period and Trent Hunter's goal at 7:32 of the third.
Sharks 3, Stars 2
DALLAS - Joe Thornton scored the go-ahead goal with 8:36 left and added two assists to help San Jose beat Dallas for its third straight victory.
With the game tied at 2-2, Milan Michalek took possession behind the Dallas net and passed in front to Thornton, who beat goalie Marty Turco.
Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2
CHICAGO - Brendan Morrison scored early in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and also had an assist in Vancouver's triumph over Chicago.
Mattias Ohlund and Byron Ritchie also scored for the Canucks in their fourth victory in five games.
Blue Jackets 5, Avalanche 4
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dan Fritsche's goal with 4:05 left capped a wild five-goal third period in Columbus' comeback victory over Colorado.
With the crowd roaring on every play, Jason Chimera's shot was stopped by goalie Peter Budaj, but Fritsche cleaned up on a backhander.
Niedermayer coming back.
Scott Niedermayer, named most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, will rejoin the Anaheim Ducks and delay his retirement.
General manager Brian Burke announced Niedermayer's decision a half-hour before last night's game against Buffalo.
The 34-year-old defenseman had taken time off to decide whether to retire.