BUFFALO - David Clarkson had a goal and an assist as five New Jersey players scored in a 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres last night.
Travis Zajac, Zach Parise, Bryce Salvador and Brian Rolston added goals for the Devils, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the 10th time in 13 games (10-2-1). Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves and earned his ninth win in 11 starts.
Drew Stafford, Patrick Kaleta and Paul Gaustad scored for the Sabres, who lost for the second time in six games. Kaleta returned after missing seven games with an injury to his head and neck.
New Jersey's Patrik Elias had two assists to extend his point streak to eight games. Captain Jamie Langenbrunner also helped set up two goals.
Clarkson put New Jersey ahead by two goals six minutes into the third period. Rolston made it 5-2 with 10 minutes, 29 seconds to go.
The Devils played the entire third period with only five defensemen because Salvador wasn't on the bench.
The Sabres, who had won three straight games against the Devils, played without captain Craig Rivet (shoulder).
New Jersey 2 1 2 – 5
Buffalo 1 1 1 – 3
First period: 1, New Jersey, Zajac 8 (Mottau, Langenbrunner), 1:36. 2, Buffalo, Stafford 7 (MacArthur, Roy), 6:58. 3, New Jersey, Parise 18 (Langenbrunner, Elias), 11:44 (pp). Penalties: Holik, NJ (holding), 7:29; MacArthur, Buf (cross-checking), 9:46; Tallinder, Buf (hooking), 10:36; Rupp, NJ (interference), 17:34.
Second period: 4, New Jersey, Salvador 2 (Elias, Gionta), 10:52. 5, Buffalo, Kaleta 2 (Paille, Spacek), 11:10. Penalties: None.
Third period: 6, New Jersey, Clarkson 6, 6:04. 7, New Jersey, Rolston 2 (Clarkson), 9:31. 8, Buffalo, Gaustad 3 (Pominville, Hecht), 9:43. Penalties: White, NJ (holding), 2:26; Kotalik, Buf (tripping), 3:19; Hecht, Buf (slashing), 10:53; White, NJ (interference), 19:39; Martin, NJ (cross-checking), 19:57; Gaustad, Buf (cross-checking), 19:57.
Shots on goal: New Jersey 17-6-7–30. Buffalo 9-11-6–26.
Power-play opportunities: New Jersey 1 of 4; Buffalo 0 of 4.
Goalies: New Jersey, Clemmensen 9-3-1 (26 shots-23 saves). Buffalo, Miller 13-9-2 (30-25).
Referees: Mike Leggo, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Pierre Racicot.
A: 18,690 (18,690). T: 2:23.
Blue Jackets 2, Sharks 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Flyer R.J. Umberger scored on a two-on-one pass from Kristian Huselius 2 minutes, 55 seconds into overtime to give Columbus a victory over San Jose.
Rookie Steve Mason stopped 47 shots to help the Blue Jackets win for the fifth straight time at home.
The Sharks entered the game with 52 points, surpassing the 1929-30 Boston Bruins for the best NHL start through 30 games. Despite the loss, they earned at least one point for the 15th straight game.
Devin Setoguchi scored the first goal for the Sharks, and Michael Peca tied the game.
In overtime, after the Sharks had a flurry of shots against Mason, Huselius carried the puck up the right wing and sent a pass left to Umberger, who jammed a shot past Evgeni Nabokov.
Columbus 0 0 1 1 – 2
First period: None. Penalties: Kaspar, SJ (holding), 1:08; Nash, Clm (interference), 1:25; Blake, SJ (high-sticking), 3:54; Umberger, Clm (holding), 8:25.
Second period: None. Penalties: Peca, Clm (holding), 15:55.
Third period: 1, San Jose, Setoguchi 16 (Blake, Marleau), 3:41. 2, Columbus, Peca 2 (Voracek, Nash), 12:32. Penalties: Boyle, SJ (hooking), 1:05; Nash, Clm (hooking), 9:02; Brassard, Clm (high-sticking), 15:31.
Overtime: 3, Columbus, Umberger 9 (Huselius, Tyutin), 2:55. Penalties: None.
Shots on goal: San Jose 10-18-17-3–48. Columbus 8-13-10-1–32.
Power-play opportunities: San Jose 0 of 5; Columbus 0 of 3.
Goalies: San Jose, Nabokov 17-2-2 (32 shots-30 saves). Columbus, Mason 9-5-1 (48-47).
Referees: Marc Joannette, Wes McCauley. Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Andy McElman.
A: 13,884 (18,144). T: 2:22.
Flames 3, Wild 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Todd Bertuzzi scored 3 minutes, 58 seconds into overtime as Calgary spoiled Marian Gaborik's return to Minnesota's lineup.
Daymond Langkow scored Calgary's first goal and assisted on the winner with a cross-ice pass as the Flames extended Minnesota's losing streak to six games.
Gaborik had a goal and an assist. He got a loud ovation from the home crowd 70 seconds into the game when he came onto the ice for his first shift. (After scoring in a 4-2 win at Atlanta on Oct. 14, Gaborik sustained a lower body injury off the ice and missed the next 27 games.)
Miikka Kiprusoff continued his mastery of the Wild by making 25 saves and beating them for the 20th time in 29 career starts.
First period: None. Penalties: Giordano, Cal (interference), 3:08; Weller, Min (goaltender interference), 11:00; Bourque, Cal, major (fighting), 13:23; N.Schultz, Min, major (fighting), 13:23; Giordano, Cal (holding), 17:54.
Second period: 1, Calgary, Langkow 9 (Lundmark), 12:57. 2, Minnesota, Brunette 10 (Gaborik, Koivu), 13:48. 3, Calgary, Conroy 5 (Cammalleri), 16:25. Penalties: Roy, Cal, major (fighting), 2:49; Boogaard, Min, major (fighting), 2:49; Nystrom, Cal (cross-checking), 3:16; Bergeron, Min (slashing), 17:18.
Third period: 4, Minnesota, Gaborik 2 (Brunette), 15:17. Penalties: Koivu, Min (tripping), 5:04.
Overtime: 5, Calgary, Bertuzzi 8 (Langkow, Ro.Regehr), 3:48. Penalties: None.
Shots on goal: Calgary 9-9-10-2–30. Minnesota 9-6-8-4–27.
Power-play opportunities: Calgary 0 of 3; Minnesota 0 of 3.
Goalies: Calgary, Kiprusoff 18-10-2 (27 shots-25 saves). Minnesota, Backstrom 14-10-2 (30-27).
Referees: Dan O'Halloran, Dennis LaRue. Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Anthony Sericolo.
A: 18,568 (18,064). T: 2:33.