NEW YORK - Chris Kelly snapped a second-period tie, and Martin Gerber came back from a day off to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over Sean Avery and the New York Rangers last night.
Gerber, who sat out the Senators' 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago at home on Saturday night, made 34 saves to earn his fourth win in five outings. He gave up Scott Gomez's goal 3 minutes, 42 seconds in and then held off New York the rest of the way.
Jason Spezza and Kelly wiped out an early deficit for the Senators, who lead the Eastern Conference with 50 points (23-8-4). Ottawa got back to its winning ways after going 0-1-1 following six straight victories.
Avery returned to the Rangers after missing 11 games following wrist surgery. He jawed and jostled and hit anyone he could starting from his first shift in the opening two minutes. It just wasn't enough.
Devils 1, Flames 0
CALGARY, Alberta - Martin Brodeur broke a tie with George Hainesworth for second place on the NHL's career shutout list, making 30 saves in New Jersey's overtime victory over Calgary.
Brodeur has three shutouts this season to push his career total to 95. Terry Sawchuk tops the list with 103.
Patrik Elias scored the lone goal, beating Miikka Kiprusoff at 25 seconds of the extra period. Kiprusoff finished with 21 saves.
Penguins 4, Bruins 2
PITTSBURGH - Gary Roberts had two goals and an assist, and linemate Georges Laraque added a goal and an assist as Pittsburgh beat Boston.
Evgeni Malkin also scored for Pittsburgh, a 5-4 shoot-out winner in Boston on Thursday night. The Bruins have lost four straight.
Blackhawks 3, Oilers 2
CHICAGO - Defenseman Brent Seabrook had his first two-goal game in the NHL in Chicago's win over Edmonton.
Seabrook's second goal, at 1:20 of the third period, broke a 2-2 tie.
Predators 3, Blue Jackets 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio - J.P Dumont broke a tie with 38 seconds left, leading Nashville past Columbus.
Dumont was credited with his 10th goal of the season after a video review. His shot hit a post inside the upper net and quickly returned to the playing surface.
Thrashers 3, Blues 2
ST. LOUIS - Marian Hossa scored on a break-in 19 seconds into overtime after a defensive mistake, and Ilya Kovalchuk scored his NHL-leading 29th goal in Atlanta's victory over St. Louis.
Stars 4, Canadiens 1
DALLAS - Linemates Mike Ribeiro, Antti Miettinen and Brenden Morrow scored as Dallas beat Montreal.
Stu Barnes added a goal, and Ribeiro also had two assists in his first game against his former team to help Dallas improve to 6-1 in its last seven games.
Avalanche 3, Canucks 1