Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves to beat his former teammates, Michael Frolik scored twice and the Florida Panthers ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils last night in Newark, N.J.
Jordan Leopold and Shawn Matthias also scored, and Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss each had two assists to help Florida improve to just 2-5-4 in its last 11 games.
Brian Rolston and Dean McAmmond scored for New Jersey; the Devils had won four in a row and seven of eight and play host to the Flyers tonight.
Clemmensen, Martin Brodeur's backup for most of his career, was facing the Devils for the first time. He saved them last season when Brodeur went down with a biceps injury that required surgery. Clemmensen stepped in to win 25 games, a performance that earned him a free-agent contract with the Panthers.
"All of the sights and the sounds of this building [Prudential Center] really put me at ease," Clemmensen said. "It was good to be back here. I've got a lot of good memories in this building. I'll put tonight's win up there with them.
"I respect [Brodeur] and the organization so much. It does mean a lot for me to come in here and beat them. I don't mean that in a negative sense at all. It's a big win for me and the team as well."
In other games:
* At Washington, Alexander Semin scored two goals, Mike Green connected with 3 minutes, 44 seconds left in overtime, and the Capitals rallied to beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3. The Capitals had entered the game with the best record in the NHL and Carolina had the worst.
* At Buffalo, Patrick Lalime stopped 39 shots, and Thomas Vanak and Clarke MacArthur scored second-period goals to give the Sabres a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Sharp scored Chicago's goal.
* At Detroit, Todd Bertuzzi tied the game midway through the third period and scored a power-play goal 1:07 into overtime to give the Red Wings a 3-2 comeback victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
* At Denver, Wojtek Wolski scored the only goal in a shootout, Craig Anderson stopped all three Tampa Bay shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Lightning, 2-1.
* At Calgary, Martin Havlat scored at 3:15 of overtime to give the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Flames.
* At St. Louis, Gilbert Brule scored twice, Dustin Penner had a goal and three assists and the Edmonton Oilers completed a perfect five-game road trip by beating the Blues, 5-3. Jeff Deslauriers made 30 saves to help the Oilers win five straight road games for the first time in franchise history. Deslauriers played all five games during the streak while Nikolai Khabibulin recovered from a back injury.
* Slava Fetisov's "comeback" lasted one game. Shortly after Fetisov, 51, became the oldest Russian to play in the Continental Hockey League for CSKA Moscow, of which he is the club president, he said it would be his last game. Fetisov hadn't played competitively in 11 years, and called the 3-2 loss to SKA St. Petersburg "very intense."
The defenseman and former captain of the Soviet national team ended his professional career after winning a second straight Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 1998. Fetisov played on the Soviet team that lost to the U.S. in the semifinals of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.
* The Ice Edge Holdings investment group has signed a letter of intent to purchase the financially floundering Phoenix Coyotes from the NHL with a long-term commitment to keep the team in Arizona.