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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Ilya Kovalchuk made his first goal with the slumping Devils a big one, snapping a third-period tie to lead New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

Acquired in a blockbuster trade with Atlanta last week, Kovalchuk took a pass from Patrik Elias and beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne with a snap shot from between the circles at 8:24 of the final period.

Elias, Travis Zajac, Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored, with Parise putting in the rebound of Kovalchuk's power-play chance with 6:52 left to ice the Devils' fifth win in 16 games (5-9-2). Martin Brodeur made 19 saves to help the Devils snap a three-game losing streak. Cal O'Reilly and Jordin Tootoo scored for Nashville.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Olli Jokinen scored at 1:02 of overtime to give New York the victory in the Rangers' final regular-season game at Mellon Arena.

Brandon Dubinsky and Vinny Prospal also scored for New York.

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby scored twice to establish a career high with 41 goals. He trails Washington's Alex Ovechkin by a goal for the NHL lead.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jeff Carter scored his 25th and 26th goals, and Michael Leighton made 31 saves to help Philadelphia win its third straight game.

After Carter scored late in the first period and early in the second, Matt Carle made it 3-0 at 3:17 of the second. Montreal's Glen Metropolit and Dominic Moore made it close, scoring in a 56-second span early in the third period.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Mikael Samuelsson scored on a lazy, deflected popup that wafted over goalie Steve Mason's head, capping Vancouver's comeback.

Sami Salo, Nolan Baumgartner and Kyle Wellwood also scored for the Canucks. Rick Nash, Jared Boll and Raffi Torres scored for Columbus in the Blue Jackets' first loss in four games under interim coach Claude Noel.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Mason made 30 saves for his second shutout of the season and 20th overall, and T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored short-handed goals in the second period for St. Louis. Andy McDonald and B.J. Crombeen also scored.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Niclas Bergfors broke a tie midway through the third period, and Evander Kane and Nik Antropov also scored for Atlanta

Andrew Brunette and Andrew Ebbett scored for Minnesota.

DENVER (AP) - Rookie Matt Duchene scored his second goal of the game with 4:16 left, Craig Anderson made 31 saves in Colorado's fourth consecutive victory.

Martin Hanzal scored for Phoenix.

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