NEWARK, N.J. - Zach Parise ended a goal-scoring slump with a pair of scores last night, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Parise, who led the Devils with a career high of 45 goals last season, had gone 12 games without scoring.

He helped New Jersey win for the 10th time in the last 12 games.

Colin White also had a goal while Niclas Bergfors added a pair of assists for the Devils. Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his league-leading 24th win.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Marty Reasoner scored for the Thrashers, who dropped their fifth straight game.

Kovalchuk opened the scoring at 9 minutes, 46 seconds of the first period on a blast from the left circle over Brodeur's left shoulder. Kovalchuk's team-leading 23d goal extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games.

Exactly one minute later, Parise evened the score by knocking home his own rebound. White then put New Jersey ahead by 2-1 at 16:34 with a shot from the left point through a maze of players that went past the badly screened goalie, Johan Hedberg.

The game stayed that way until Parise connected again with a power-play goal 59 seconds into the third period. Taking a cross-ice pass from Patrik Elias, Parise notched his team-leading 17th goal.

The Thrashers kept up their effort and were rewarded when Reasoner, set up by a two-zone rush by Pavel Kubina, beat Brodeur from the high slot at 7:28 to trim the lead to 3-2.

Kovalchuk tested Brodeur from the right circle with three minutes left, and Atlanta pulled Hedberg for an extra attacker in the final minute.

Brodeur fended off the final flurry, snaring a shot from Nik Antropov as he was knocked to the ice.

Atlanta 1 0 1 – 2

New Jersey 2 0 1 – 3

First period: 1, Atlanta, Kovalchuk 23 (Reasoner, Enstrom), 9:43. 2, New Jersey, Parise 16 (Bergfors, Greene), 10:46. 3, New Jersey, C.White 2 (Zajac, Bergfors), 16:34. Penalties: Boulton, Atl, major (fighting), 1:57; Peters, NJ, major-game misconduct (fighting), 1:57; Thorburn, Atl, major (fighting), 13:45; Clarkson, NJ, major (fighting), 13:45.

Second period: None. Penalties: Salvador, NJ (hooking), 7:00; Boulton, Atl (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:06; Valabik, Atl (holding stick), 19:47.

Third period: 4, New Jersey, Parise 17 (Elias, Langenbrunner), :59 (pp). 5, Atlanta, Reasoner 4 (Kubina), 7:28. Penalties: None.

Shots on goal: Atlanta 9-8-9–26. New Jersey 13-7-6–26.

Power-play opportunities: Atlanta 0 of 1; New Jersey 1 of 2.

Goalies: Atlanta, Hedberg 9-6-1 (26 shots-23 saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 24-9-1 (26-24).

Referees: Francois St. Laurent, Stephen Walkom. Linesmen: Brian Murphy, Lyle Seitz.

A: 17,024 (17,625). Time: 2:20.

Hurricanes 6, Caps 3

WASHINGTON - Eric Staal had two goals and three assists to help Carolina end a three-game losing streak by topping Washington.

Jussi Jokinen added a goal and two assists as the Hurricanes snapped the Capitals' three game winning streak and got just their second road triumph of the season.

Carolina 3 1 2 – 6

Washington 0 2 1 – 3

First period: 1, Carolina, Ruutu 11 (Staal, Whitney), 7:44 (pp). 2, Carolina, Staal 7 (Cullen, Jokinen), 10:14. 3, Carolina, Jokinen 11 (Cullen, Staal), 14:30. Penalties: Backstrom, Was, double minor (high-sticking), 4:47; Green, Was (hooking), 5:48; Staal, Car (hooking), 19:27.

Second period: 4, Washington, Green 9 (Fleischmann, Ovechkin), 1:14 (pp). 5, Carolina, Sutter 10 (Ruutu), 3:32. 6, Washington, Fehr 9 (Laich), 12:56. Penalties: Carolina bench, served by Samsonov (too many men), 6:27; Staal, Car (high-sticking), 8:42; A.Ward, Car (holding stick), 19:18.

Third period: 7, Washington, Ovechkin 26 (Green, Semin), 1:22 (pp). 8, Carolina, Samsonov 7 (Staal, Jokinen), 10:00. 9, Carolina, Staal 8, 18:28 (en). Penalties: Gleason, Car (roughing), :31; Morrison, Was (slashing), 7:53; Carson, Car (holding), 11:56; Laich, Was (diving), 11:56.

Shots on goal: Carolina 10-9-7–26. Washington 4-15-12–31.

Power-play opportunities: Carolina 1 of 4; Washington 2 of 5.

Goalies: Carolina, C.Ward 5-13-5 (31 shots-28 saves). Washington, Theodore 9-6-4 (25-20).

Referees: Stephane Auger, Dan Marouelli. Linesmen: Steve Barton, Greg Devorski.

A: 18,277 (18,277). Time: 2:18.

Blue Jackets 1,

Red Wings 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fredrik Modin backhanded in a rebound of his own shot 3:12 into overtime to give Columbus the victory over Detroit.

The Blue Jackets ended their nine-game losing streak, which tied a franchise record.

Steve Mason had 34 saves for his second shutout of the year.

Detroit 0 0 0 0 – 0

Columbus 0 0 0 1 – 1

First period: None. Penalties: Filppula, Det (hooking), 4:17; Datsyuk, Det (cross-checking), 7:14; Boll, Clm (roughing), 7:14; Commodore, Clm (delay of game), 8:19; May, Det, major (fighting), 14:17; Boll, Clm, major (fighting), 14:17. Second period: None. Penalties: Nash, Clm (cross-checking), :44; Janik, Det, major (fighting), 6:50; Picard, Clm, major (fighting), 6:50; Modin, Clm (tripping), 8:22; Hejda, Clm (boarding), 9:39; Maltby, Det (hooking), 14:11.

Third period: None. Penalties: Bertuzzi, Det (delay of game), 12:50.

Overtime: 1, Columbus, Modin 1 (Tyutin, Pahlsson), 3:12. Penalties: None.

Shots on goal: Detroit 6-16-10-2–34. Columbus 10-16-10-4–40.

Power-play opportunities: Detroit 0 of 4; Columbus 0 of 3.

Goalies: Detroit, Howard 12-8-2 (40 shots-39 saves). Columbus, Mason 11-13-5 (34-34).

Referees: Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre. Linesmen: Mark Pare, Mark Shewchyk.

A: 18,421 (18,144). Time: 2:29.

Senators 4, Habs 2

OTTAWA, Ontario - Pascal Leclaire made 29 saves, and Chris Neil scored Ottawa's third unanswered goal 6:15 into the third period as the Senators ended Montreal's four-game winning streak.

Neil tipped home a floating rebound of Mike Fisher's shot, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Mike Cammalleri tallied the Canadiens' 20,000th regular-season goal to open the scoring.

Montreal 2 0 0 – 2

Ottawa 1 1 2 – 4

First period: 1, Montreal, Cammalleri 19 (A.Kostitsyn, Markov), 4:59. 2, Montreal, Pouliot 3 (Gionta, Gomez), 9:50. 3, Ottawa, Regin 4 (Neil, Campoli), 12:48. Penalties: Markov, Mon (interference), 19:00.

Second period: 4, Ottawa, Shannon 2 (Regin), 15:33 (pp). Penalties: Spacek, Mon (high-sticking), 9:01; Spacek, Mon (tripping), 15:28; Gionta, Mon (tripping), 17:46.

Third period: 5, Ottawa, Neil 6 (Fisher), 6:15. 6, Ottawa, Campoli 2, 19:14 (en). Penalties: Markov, Mon (tripping), 1:39.

Shots on goal: Montreal 13-8-10–31. Ottawa 11-9-8–28.

Power-play opportunities: Montreal 0 of 0; Ottawa 1 of 5.

Goalies: Montreal, Halak 10-6-0 (27 shots-24 saves). Ottawa, Leclaire 10-6-1 (31-29).

Referees: Kerry Fraser, Bill McCreary. Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Derek Nansen. A: 20,369 (19,153). Time: 2:28.

Lightning 2, Bruins 1

TAMPA, Fla. - Mike Smith made 31 saves and Kurtis Foster had two assists to help Tampa Bay edge Boston.

The Lightning got goals from Alex Tanguay and Martin St. Louis to win for the fourth time in five games.

Marco Sturm scored for the Bruins, who saw a three-game winning streak end.

Tampa Bay 1 1 0 – 2

First period: 1, Tampa Bay, Tanguay 6 (Lecavalier, Foster), 18:59. Penalties: Malone, TB (boarding), 6:37.

Second period: 2, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 8 (Foster, Stamkos), 19:48 (pp). Penalties: Bitz, Bos, major (fighting), 2:41; Konopka, TB, major (fighting), 2:41; Krejci, Bos (hooking), 10:07; Sobotka, Bos (boarding), 19:23; Recchi, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:48.

Third period: 3, Boston, Sturm 12 (Savard, Chara), 12:30. Penalties: Ference, Bos (boarding), 6:32; Downie, TB (hooking), 8:00; Savard, Bos (slashing), 8:24; Hedman, TB (roughing), 8:24; Wheeler, Bos (roughing), 13:30; Malone, TB (holding), 18:33; Recchi, Bos (slashing), 19:26.

Shots on goal: Boston 10-6-16–32. Tampa Bay 7-24-8–39.

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

Goalies: Boston, Thomas 10-9-5 (39 shots-37 saves). Tampa Bay, Smith 8-10-5 (32-31).

Referees: Wes McCauley, Don Van Massenhoven. Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Darren Gibbs. A: 16,926 (19,758). Time: 2:30.

Flames 4, Oilers 1

EDMONTON, Alberta - Rene Bourque scored three goals for his second career hat trick, helping Calgary end a three-game losing streak by trouncing Edmonton.

First period: 1, Edmonton, Potulny 8 (Strudwick, Stone), 2:02. 2, Calgary, Bourque 11 (Dawes, Jokinen), 18:58. Penalties: Boyd, Cal, major (fighting), 2:03; Cogliano, Edm, major (fighting), 2:03; Sjostrom, Cal (holding), 2:21; Bouwmeester, Cal (hooking), 8:15; Cogliano, Edm (tripping), 16:45.

Second period: 3, Calgary, Bourque 12 (Jokinen, Boyd), 9:22 (pp). Penalties: Boyd, Cal (tripping), 2:56; Jacques, Edm (boarding), 8:54; Stone, Edm (roughing), 15:18.

Third period: 4, Calgary, Bourque 13 (Langkow), 5:37 (sh). 5, Calgary, Giordano 4 (Conroy), 7:06. Penalties: Jokinen, Cal (hooking), 4:56; Giordano, Cal (freezing the puck), 9:42; Iginla, Cal, major (fighting), 14:55; Smid, Edm, major (fighting), 14:55; Regehr, Cal, major (fighting), 15:13; Staios, Edm, major (fighting), 15:13; Horcoff, Edm (roughing), 15:53; O'Sullivan, Edm (cross-checking), 18:05; Johnson, Cal, major (fighting), 19:09; Stone, Edm, major-misconduct (fighting), 19:09.

Shots on goal: Calgary 5-9-9–23. Edmonton 16-15-4–35.

Power-play opportunities: Calgary 1 of 5; Edmonton 0 of 5. Goalies: Calgary, Kiprusoff 19-10-5 (35 shots-34 saves). Edmonton, Deslauriers 8-10-2 (23-19). Referees: Gord Dwyer, Mike Leggo. Linesmen: Don Henderson, Mark Wheler.

A: 16,839 (16,839). Time: 2:32.