BUFFALO - Martin Brodeur tied Terry Sawchuk's NHL record with his 103d shutout, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres last night.

Brodeur was rarely tested in making 22 saves to tie Sawchuk, who played from 1949 to 1970. It was Brodeur's second shutout of the season.

The league's winningest goalie of all time, Brodeur gained his league-leading 18th triumph of the season.

He preserved the shutout with a lightning-quick glove stop on Buffalo defenseman Steve Montador's wrist shot from the slot five minutes into the third period.

Brian Rolston, Travis Zajac and Niclas Bergfors scored for New Jersey, the owner of the league's best road record (11-2-1) and a three-game winning streak.

"It's a big number," Brodeur said of his shutout total after taking pictures with the historic puck in front of a piece of paper with the number "103" taped behind his locker stall.

"When I look back, and all the numbers of other goalies, it's mind-boggling a little bit," he said.

"It's a little bit like what the win record was. But, especially with hockey changing so much, it's going to get harder and harder to get some."

New Jersey 2 1 0 – 3

Buffalo 0 0 0 – 0

First period: 1, New Jersey, Rolston 10 (Elias, Zharkov), 17:51. 2, New Jersey, Zajac 9 (Parise, White), 18:58. Penalties: Lydman, Buf (hooking), 11:52; Parise, NJ (slashing), 14:06.

Second period: 3, New Jersey, Bergfors 9 (Langenbrunner, Greene), :39 (pp). Penalties: MacArthur, Buf (holding), :14; Kaleta, Buf (boarding), 11:57; Rolston, NJ (tripping), 12:19; White, NJ (roughing), 14:08; Kaleta, Buf (roughing), 14:08; Bergfors, NJ (hooking), 18:17.

Third period: None. Penalties: Mair, Buf (roughing), 2:24; Fraser, NJ (high-sticking), 5:07.

Shots on goal: New Jersey 12-14-11–37. Buffalo 5-7-10–22.

Power-play opportunities: New Jersey 1 of 4; Buffalo 0 of 4.

Goalies: New Jersey, Brodeur 18-7-1 (22 shots-22 saves). Buffalo, Miller 16-6-2 (37-34).

A: 18,690 (18,690). T: 2:11.

Referees: Brad Meier, Brad Watson. Linesmen: Anthony Sericolo, Jonny Murray.

Leafs 5, Thrashers 2

TORONTO - Vesa Toskala made 22 saves in his first start since Nov. 23 and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored goals 28 seconds apart, propelling Toronto past Atlanta.

Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan, and Mikhail Grabovski also had goals for the Maple Leafs, who bounced back from a 7-2 loss in Boston on Saturday.

Atlanta 0 0 2 – 2

Toronto 0 5 0 – 5

First period: None. Penalties: Afinogenov, Atl (hooking), 12:31; Reasoner, Atl (delay of game), 12:48.

Second period: 1, Toronto, Stempniak 7 (Primeau, Kulemin), 2:49. 2, Toronto, Stajan 9 (Ponikarovsky, Kessel), 4:55. 3, Toronto, Grabovski 6 (Hagman, I.White), 10:09. 4, Toronto, Ponikarovsky 10 (Beauchemin, Stempniak), 18:24. 5, Toronto, Ponikarovsky 11 (Stajan, Kaberle), 18:52. Penalties: Kane, Atl (hooking), 7:58.

Third period: 6, Atlanta, Little 3 (Kubina, Kovalchuk), 6:48 (pp). 7, Atlanta, Reasoner 2 (Thorburn, Boulton), 7:23. Penalties: Stajan, Tor (tripping), 4:58; Komisarek, Tor (hooking), 11:27; Schubert, Atl (slashing), 18:51.

Shots on goal: Atlanta 9-6-9–24. Toronto 10-12-6–28.

Power-play opportunities: Atlanta 1 of 2; Toronto 0 of 4.

Goalies: Atlanta, Pavelec 8-7-3 (22 shots-17 saves), Hedberg (0:00 third, 6-6). Toronto, Toskala 2-4-2 (24-22).

A: 19,050 (18,819). T: 2:16.

Referees: Chris Lee, Wes McCauley. Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Mark Shewchyk.

Oilers 3, Panthers 2

SUNRISE, Fla. - Shawn Horcoff scored once in regulation time and again in the shoot-out, sending Edmonton past Florida.

Lubomir Visnovsky also scored and Jeff Deslauriers made 34 saves for Edmonton.

Deslauriers was playing in his ninth straight game while starter Nikolai Khabibulin recovers from a back injury.

Dominic Moore scored two goals for the Panthers.

Edmonton 0 1 1 0 – 3

Florida 0 1 1 0 – 2

Edmonton won shoot-out, 2-1.

First period: None. Penalties: Brule, Edm (boarding), 8:22; Moore, Fla (hooking), 11:50.

Second period: 1, Edmonton, Horcoff 6 (Visnovsky, Nilsson), 3:29 (pp). 2, Florida, Moore 4, 6:07. Penalties: Olesz, Fla (tripping), 2:03; McCabe, Fla (interference), 7:21; Gagner, Edm (hooking), 14:41; Smid, Edm (holding), 17:19.

Third period: 3, Florida, Moore 5 (Kulikov, Dvorak), 1:25 (pp). 4, Edmonton, Visnovsky 8 (Smid), 4:33. Penalties: O'Sullivan, Edm (delay of game), :27; Brule, Edm (roughing), 11:32.

Overtime: None. Penalties: McCabe, Fla (hooking), 2:23.

Shoot-out: Edmonton 2 (O'Sullivan NG, Nilsson G, Horcoff G), Florida 1 (Reinprecht NG, Weiss NG, Olesz G).

Shots on goal: Edmonton 7-9-7-5–28. Florida 16-9-9-1–35.

Power-play opportunities: Edmonton 1 of 4; Florida 1 of 5.

Goalies: Edmonton, Deslauriers 6-4-2 (35 shots-33 saves). Florida, Vokoun 7-9-6 (28-26).

A: 11,469 (19,250). T: 35.

Referees: Rob Martell, Tom Kowal. Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Michel Cormier.

Capitals 3, Lightning 0

TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in his return from a two-game suspension, helping Washington beat Tampa Bay for the 12th consecutive time.

Ovechkin was suspended by the NHL following a kneeing penalty during a Nov. 30 game with Carolina.

Both his goals came during the Capitals' three-goal second. Eric Fehr also scored for the Capitals.

Washington 0 3 0 – 3

Tampa Bay 0 0 0 – 0

First period: None. Penalties: Malone, TB (goaltender interference), 1:40; Downie, TB (slashing), 4:29; Downie, TB (cross-checking), 13:10.

Second period: 1, Washington, Ovechkin 19 (Semin), 7:39. 2, Washington, Fehr 8 (Fleischmann), 12:32. 3, Washington, Ovechkin 20 (Fleischmann, Semin), 19:35 (pp). Penalties: Green, Was (slashing), 5:12; Semin, Was (slashing), 8:02; Schultz, Was (tripping), 9:55; Downie, TB (high-sticking), 9:55; Lecavalier, TB (tripping), 17:37.

Third period: None. Penalties: Fehr, Was (hooking), 2:16; Lecavalier, TB (tripping), 9:58; Erskine, Was (roughing), 18:23; Fehr, Was (roughing), 18:23; Walker, TB (roughing), 18:23; Downie, TB (roughing), 18:23.

Shots on goal: Washington 7-16-11–34. Tampa Bay 7-14-5–26.

Power-play opportunities: Washington 1 of 5; Tampa Bay 0 of 3.

Goalies: Washington, Varlamov 12-1-2 (26 shots-26 saves). Tampa Bay, Smith 5-6-5 (34-31).

A: 12,400 (19,758). T: 2:25.

Referees: Kelly Sutherland, Francois St. Laurent. Linesmen: Jay Sharrers, Scott Cherrey.

Hurricanes 3, Pens 2

PITTSBURGH - Manny Legace stopped 30 shots, Ray Whitney had the decisive goal and an assist, and Carolina Hurricanes won on the road for the first time this season by holding off Pittsburgh.

Eric Staal and Joni Pitkanen each had two assists, and Andrew Alberts and Jussi Jokinen also scored as Carolina ended its 13-game road losing streak (0-10-3).

Despite being without top goalie Cam Ward, the Hurricanes opened a 3-0 lead early in the second.

Carolina 2 1 0 – 3

Pittsburgh 0 2 0 – 2

First period: 1, Carolina, Alberts 1 (Whitney, E.Staal), 4:45. 2, Carolina, Jokinen 7 (Pitkanen, Gleason), 11:36 (pp). Penalties: Malkin, Pit (holding), 10:32; McKee, Pit (holding), 11:36; Gleason, Car, major (fighting), 15:33; Guerin, Pit, major (fighting), 15:33; Ruutu, Car (tripping), 18:47.

Second period: 3, Carolina, Whitney 8 (Pitkanen, E.Staal), 2:26. 4, Pittsburgh, Crosby 20 (Guerin, Letang), 6:00. 5, Pittsburgh, Rupp 9 (Adams, Dupuis), 6:49. Penalties: E.Staal, Car (slashing), 14:53; Malkin, Pit (high-sticking), 16:31.

Third period: None. Penalties: Cullen, Car (hooking), 6:13; Eaton, Pit (hooking), 8:37; Skoula, Pit (holding), 15:00.

Shots on Goal: Carolina 11-4-6–21. Pittsburgh 10-15-7–32. Power-play opportunities: Carolina 1 of 5; Pittsburgh 0 of 3.

Goalies: Carolina, Legace 4-4-2 (32 shots-30 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 17-8-1 (21-18).

A: 16,964 (16,940). T: 2:25.

Referees: Dan Marouelli, Dean Morton. Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Darren Gibbs.

Avalanche 4, Blues 0

ST. LOUIS - Peter Budaj stopped 35 shots, and Chris Stewart had two goals and an assist as Colorado ended a five-game trip with by shutting out St. Louis.

Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene each scored goals, Wojtek Wolski had three assists, and John-Michael Liles collected two assists for the Avs.

Budaj earned his seventh career shutout and first this season in his fifth start. The shutout was Colorado's fourth.

The win was also Budaj's 84th career victory, which tied him with Stephane Fiset for the fourth-highest win total in franchise history.

St. Louis 0 0 0 – 0

First period: 1, Colorado, Stewart 5 (Quincey, Liles), 19:49 (pp). Penalties: Jackman, StL (hooking), 18:08.

Second period: 2, Colorado, P.Stastny 8 (Wolski, Stewart), 6:08. 3, Colorado, Stewart 6 (Liles, Wolski), 13:53. Penalties: None.

Third period: 4, Colorado, Duchene 9 (Wolski), 12:44. Penalties: Liles, Col (holding), 1:30.

Shots on Goal: Colorado 13-6-3–22. St. Louis 9-9-17–35.

Power-play opportunities: Colorado 1 of 1; St. Louis 0 of 1.

Goalies: Colorado, Budaj 3-2-1 (35 shots-35 saves). St. Louis, Mason 8-9-4 (22-18).

A: 19,150 (19,150). T: 2:09.

Referees: Stephane Auger, Dennis LaRue. Linesmen: David Brisebois, Shane Heyer.

Coyotes 2, Wild 0

PHOENIX - Scottie Upshall and Taylor Pyatt snapped a scoreless tie with second-period goals 44 seconds apart, helping Phoenix beat Minnesota for its fifth straight victory.

Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his NHL-leading fourth shutout, making 28 saves.

Pyatt scored for the third straight game after getting only one goal in his first 20 outings.

First period: None. Penalties: Doan, Pho (interference), 6:45; Hnidy, Min (hooking), 13:33.

Second period: 1, Phoenix, Upshall 8 (Mueller, Aucoin), 10:30. 2, Phoenix, Pyatt 4 (Doan, Yandle), 11:14. Penalties: Lombardi, Pho (high-sticking), 5:40; Phoenix bench, served by Upshall (too many men), 12:04; Miettinen, Min (slashing), 12:20; Johnsson, Min (slashing), 16:30; Winnik, Pho (hooking), 19:42; Havlat, Min (slashing), 20:00.

Third period: None. Penalties: Doan, Pho (goaltender interference), 7:30; Koivu, Min (delay of game), 10:55; Lang, Pho (tripping), 15:22; Sheppard, Min, major (fighting), 20:00; Fiddler, Pho, major (fighting), 20:00.

Shots on goal: Minnesota 6-19-3–28. Phoenix 10-14-7–31.

Power-play opportunities: Minnesota 0 of 6; Phoenix 0 of 5.

Goalies: Minnesota, Backstrom 11-10-3 (31 shots-29 saves). Phoenix, Bryzgalov 17-8-1 (28-28).

A: 8,981 (17,125). T: 2:28.

Referees: Steve Kozari, Dan O'Halloran. Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Lyle Seitz.