RALEIGH, N.C. - Martin Brodeur scored his third career goal and made 17 saves in his first game in a month, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Brodeur had been out since Feb. 21 with a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck. Peter Harrold, Adam Henrique and Andrei Loktionov also scored to help the Devils snap a three-game losing streak.
Jeff Skinner had the Hurricanes' lone goal while Dan Ellis made 19 saves in Carolina's fifth consecutive loss.
Brodeur got credit for the game's first goal when Carolina's Jordan Staal passed the puck back to the point from behind the net after a delayed penalty call against New Jersey's Marek Zidlicky.
The pass missed intended target Tim Gleason and bounced off the boards near centre ice. Ellis had already skated toward the bench because of the delayed penalty and couldn't get back in time to prevent the puck from sliding into the net.
Because he was the last Devils player to touch the puck, Brodeur got credit for the score. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Brodeur is the first goalie to score a power-play goal since Evgeni Nabokov for San Jose in 2002.
PANTHERS 3, RANGERS 1
NEW YORK (AP) ??? Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves and just missed his first NHL shutout, helping the cellar-dwelling Panthers get the win against the playoff-hopeful Rangers.
The Rangers had gotten back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with wins on consecutive nights this week after a three-game skid. But Markstrom was sharp and shut down offensively challenged New York.
Markstrom, who has played in only nine games since being recalled from the minors in February, earned his third NHL win of the season.
Markstrom lost his shutout bid when Marian Gaborik cut the Rangers' deficit to 2-1 with 3:48 left, but the 23-year-old goalie settled for wins in back-to-back games.
Brian Campbell scored in the first period, and Scottie Upshall made it 2-0 in the second against Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 23 shots.
CANADIENS 5, ISLANDERS 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) ??? Brian Gionta scored the go-ahead goal 48 seconds into the third period, P.K. Subban added two more and the Canadiens beat the Islanders for the first time in three tries this season.
Gionta's 10th goal of the season came after centre David Desharnais caught a wobbling puck by the blue line off a clearing attempt, set it down and passed it to Gionta in front.
Subban tied it at 2 with his eighth goal 10:53 into the second period and added an insurance goal midway through the third.
Michael Ryder and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal, which is 14-1-4 since losing to Toronto 6-0 on Feb. 9. Carey Price made 25 saves.
John Tavares and Lubomir Visnovsky scored for the Islanders, who lost their second straight after going 5-1-2 in the previous eight games.
SABRES 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4, SO
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ??? Steve Ott scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout, helping Buffalo rally for the win.
Ryan Miller secured the victory by getting his left pad out to stop former Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur's shootout attempt. Miller stopped 32 shots through overtime, and allowed only Tyler Bozak to score in the tiebreaker.
Ott set up his successful shootout goal by driving in full speed on James Reimer. Without stopping, Ott slipped the puck inside the right post before the goalie had a chance to get his pad out.
Christian Ehrhoff had a goal and two assists for Buffalo, which won consecutive games for only the fourth time this season. Tyler Ennis had a goal and an assist, and Marcus Foligno and Jason Pominville also scored.
Nazem Kadri had two goals and an assist for Toronto, which is 1-3-3 in its past seven games.