NEWARK, N.J. - Mike Mottau's first goal since October got New Jersey even late in the third period, and Zach Parise scored the only goal in the shoot-out, giving the Devils a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres last night.
Martin Brodeur made a rolling poke-check stop on Ales Kotalik to start the tiebreaker and then denied Tim Connolly and Thomas Vanek to seal New Jersey's third straight win.
Ryan Miller did all he could to protect a 1-0 lead after Kotalik scored early in the second, but Mottau wrecked the shutout bid with 6 minutes, 23 seconds left in regulation.
Canadiens 5, Panthers 1
SUNRISE, Fla. - Guillaume Latendresse, Michael Ryder and Christopher Higgins scored on the first three shots of the game, and Montreal went on to beat Florida.
Craig Anderson came on to replace Tomas Vokoun after the third goal came 5:03 into the game.
Hurricanes 4, Bruins 3
RALEIGH, N.C. - Chad LaRose converted a penalty shot, and Eric Staal scored on the power play in the third period to give Carolina the win over Boston.
Mike Commodore and Rod Brind'Amour had Carolina's other goals. Phil Kessel, P.J. Axelsson and Chuck Kobasew scored for the Bruins.
Sharks 1, Blues 0
ST. LOUIS - Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves to earn his fifth shutout and league-leading 20th win to help San Jose extend its club-record road winning streak to eight games with a victory against St. Louis.
Islanders sign top prospect.
The New York Islanders quickly signed top prospect Kyle Okposo to a three-year, entry level contract.
Okposo, currently playing for the United States at the world junior tournament in the Czech Republic, reached a deal with the Islanders just more than a week after he left the University of Minnesota.
He will join the Islanders organization, which selected him with the No. 7 pick in the 2006 NHL draft, after the junior tournament is over. The 19-year-old right winger from St. Paul, Minn., already has a goal and two assists in two games with the American team.
He will earn $850,000 each year of the deal and is eligible for bonuses that could reach a maximum of another $850,000 per season.
"This is an incredible day for me and my family," Okposo said in a statement. "I want to thank the Islanders for making it happen, and I want our fans to know that I can't wait to begin my Islanders career."
Stars extend coach's deal.
The Dallas Stars signed coach Dave Tippett to a one-year contract extension, through the end of the 2008-09 season.
Tippett is 212-109-45 in five seasons, the best record among active coaches.
Sharks reassign Setoguchi.
The San Jose Sharks reassigned slumping rookie forward Devin Setoguchi to their AHL affiliate in Worcester, Mass.
Setoguchi, the eighth overall pick in 2005, has just one goal and one assist in his last 15 games, slowing from a strong start to his first NHL season.
Lightning goalie on waivers.
The Tampa Bay Lightning placed backup goalie Marc Denis on waivers.
Denis, in his ninth NHL season, has been a big disappointment since being acquired from Columbus in a June 2006 trade and signing a three-year, $8.6 million contract. He appeared in 10 games this season, going 1-5 with a 4.05 goals-against average and .859 save percentage.