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NEWARK, N.J. - David Clarkson and Ryan Carter scored 1:54 apart early in the third period, and the New Jersey Devils' slumbering offence broke out in a 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Clarkson tipped Petr Sykora's hard drive past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist at 2:27 to give the Devils their second lead of the game, and Carter pushed New Jersey ahead by two at 4:21. Carter, who has three goals this season, hadn't scored since Nov. 19 ? a 37-game drought.

Carter also fought Brandon Dubinsky in the first period, a bout that knocked the Rangers forward out of the game with a hand injury. Ilya Kovalchuk also had a goal, and Patrik Elias made it 4-1 by scoring into an empty net with 1:53 left.

BLUE JACKETS 3, COYOTES 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? Jack Johnson scored his first goal for Columbus, Steve Mason made 38 saves and the Blue Jackets got their first three-game winning streak in more than a year.

Mason, who struggled all season until recently, has allowed just four goals in two wins over Phoenix and one over Colorado in the last six days.

R.J. Umberger and Derek MacKenzie also scored for the Blue Jackets. Johnson, acquired in the deal that sent Jeff Carter to Los Angeles just before the trade deadline, added an assist.

Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle had goals for the Coyotes, who have lost four in a row in regulation, their longest such skid of the season.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, BRUINS 4

TORONTO (AP) ??? Jordan Caron and Tyler Seguin scored two goals each and Boston beat Toronto for the fifth time this season.

Chris Kelly also scored and Tim Thomas stopped 25 shots to help Boston end a two-game skid.

Carl Gunnarsson, John-Michael Liles, Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Maple Leafs, who have been outscored 28-10 in the five meetings with the Bruins. Toronto has also lost six straight at home.

The Leafs played more than half the game with a short bench after losing forwards Joffrey Lupul and Colby Armstrong early in the second period. Lupul appeared to suffer a wrist injury after taking a check from David Krejci while Armstrong was bloodied in a fight with Dennis Seidenberg.

HURRICANES 4, CAPITALS 3, OT

WASHINGTON (AP) ??? Justin Faulk scored at 3:38 of overtime, Cam Ward stopped 46 shots, and Carolina beat skidding Washington.

Faulk took a centring pass from Brandon Sutter and fired the puck past goaltender Michal Neuvirth to saddle Washington with its third successive defeat, although the Capitals did get a point by forcing overtime late.

After suffering two straight shutout losses, both at home, Washington went ahead 2-0 before Carolina came back to take the lead on a breakaway goal by Sutter at 1:45 of the third period. The tally came after Capitals defenceman Dennis Wideman took a futile whack at the bouncing puck in an effort to keep it in the Washington zone.

Washington forced overtime when Brooks Laich scored off a centring pass from Marcus Johansson at 17:08 of the third.

KINGS 5, PREDATORS 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ??? Justin Williams scored twice to lead Los Angeles to its third straigth win.

Drew Doughty, Matt Greene, and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings.

Patric Hornqvist scored twice and Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn had the other goals for Nashville, loser of two of its last three.

With the score tied 3-3 after two periods, Greene put the Kings ahead at 1:15 of the third on a slap shot from the right point. Lewis had a tap in from just off the left post at 3:00 to make it 5-3.

Hornqvist's 20th of the season pulled the Predators within one with 5:18 to go.

SENATORS 7, LIGHTNING 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) ????????? Milan Michalek scored three third-period goals, helping Ottawa withstand a Tampa Bay comeback attempt.

Ottawa, which took a three-goal lead early on, went up 5-3 when Michalek scored a power-play goal at 12:12 of third. The left wing added two empty-goals, including a short-handed effort with 7 seconds left to give him 32 goals this season.

Tampa Bay got within 4-3 when Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 48th goal of the season during a power play at 5:41 of the third. The centre has five goals and three assists during a five-game point streak.

Sergei Gonchar, Colin Greening, Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson had the other Ottawa goals. Michalek also had an assist, setting up Greening's goal with a nifty pass from behind the net.

BLUES 5, BLACKHAWKS 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) ????????? Jaroslav Halak won his sixth straight start to match a career best and St. Louis' penalty killers ran their streak to 32 stops in a row in a win against Chicago.

Andy McDonald scored two goals and Vladimir Sobotka had a short-handed score for the Blues, who are tied with the New York Rangers with a league-best 91 points pending Vancouver's late home game against Dallas. St. Louis is 27-4-4 at home for an NHL-best 58 points and retained momentum from a season-best 5-1 trip that established it's now a road presence, too.

Andrew Brunette scored his 10th goal and first since Jan. 2 for the Blackhawks.

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