Senators spoil Brodeur's return

Milan Michalek and Jarkko Ruutu scored 2 minutes, 16 seconds apart midway through the second, spoiling Martin Brodeur's return to New Jersey's lineup in the Ottawa Senators' 3-2 victory over the Devils on Friday night in Ottawa.

Brodeur made 26 saves in his first appearance in eight games following a right elbow injury, and the Devils' losing streak stretched to four in a row. The NHL's career victories and shutouts leader, Brodeur also drew his 35th career assist on Patrik Elias' power-play goal 4:46 into the second, tying the score at 1.

Elsewhere: Pavel Datsyuk set up a goal with a nice pass and backhanded one goal himself, lifting Detroit past the visiting Canadiens, 4-2. . . . Milan Hejduk gave Colorado the lead 42 seconds into the third period, Craig Anderson protected the advantage the rest of the way, and the Avalanche beat the Thrashers in Atlanta by 4-2. . . . Brad Richards' shoot-out goal got the Stars past the lowly Hurricanes in Dallas, 2-1.

Lemieux to lace up for alumni game

Mario Lemieux and a team of former Pittsburgh Penguins stars will take on Peter Bondra and past Washington Capitals players at an alumni game the day before the NHL's Winter Classic showcase in Pittsburgh.

The NHL announced Friday that Lemieux would be joined by fellow Hall of Famers Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, and Bryan Trottier.

Lemieux says most players grew up skating on outdoor rinks, so they are looking forward to playing at Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Penguins will host the Capitals at Heinz Field on Jan. 1 for the Winter Classic. - Inquirer wire reports