Devils run road streak to eight

New Jersey rallies past Ottawa

The Associated PressNovember 8, 2009 

Zach Parise and David Clarkson each had a goal and an assist on the power play, and the New Jersey Devils won their eighth straight road game with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

The Devils are 8-0 away from New Jersey, the second-longest road winning streak to open a season in NHL history. The Buffalo Sabres started 10-0 on the road to start the 2006-07 season.

New Jersey's power play led the way, scoring three unanswered goals. Parise, Clarkson and Andy Greene had goals for the Devils, and Martin Brodeur faced 21 shots.

Milan Michalek and Brian Lee scored for the Senators. Pascal Leclaire, celebrating his 27th birthday, stopped 22 shots.

Leclaire got off to a solid start making a big pad save on Jamie Langenbrunner and robbing Niclas Bergfors with a glove stop.

The Senators opened the scoring at 14:00 of the first after creating a flurry of great chances. Daniel Alfredsson found Michalek, who beat Brodeur shortside.

Ottawa made it 2-0 midway through the second on Lee's first goal of the season. Lee carried the puck from his own end and let a wrist shot go that just slipped under Brodeur's left leg. Brodeur sprawled to grab the puck, but it had already trickled across the line.

The Devils cut the lead in half with a power-play goal as Parise was able to pick the puck out of traffic in front and raise it over Leclaire.

New Jersey tied it in the third as Clarkson beat Leclaire through the legs. Greene made it 3-2 with a shot from the point that got past the screened goalie.

Senators center Jesse Winchester played his first game of the season after missing the first 13 because of a knee injury.

Also Saturday

Predators 3, Kings 1: Francis Bouillon, Cody Franson and Joel Ward scored to lead Nashville over host Los Angeles.

Dan Ellis made 27 saves in his first start since Oct. 28.

Maple Leafs 5, Red Wings 1: Phil Kessel scored his first goal with host Toronto, and Jonas Gustavsson made 35 saves to lead the Maple Leafs over Detroit.

Toronto moved out of the NHL basement by winning two in a row and earning points in seven straight games (3-0-4).

Bruins 4, Sabres 2: Mark Recchi and Zdeno Chara scored first-period power-play goals as goal-starved Boston halted a rough stretch with a win against visiting Buffalo.

Capitals 7, Panthers 4: Tomas Fleischmann scored twice during a five-goal third period, and short-handed Washington beat visiting Florida for a sweep of the home-and-home series.

Flyers 2, Blues 1 (SO): Mika Pyorala scored in the shootout to lead host Philadelphia over St. Louis.

Islanders 6, Thrashers 3: Sean Bergenheim, Blake Comeau and Jack Hillen each scored his first goal of the season to help the host Islanders break out of a two-game offensive drought and beat Atlanta.

Lightning 3, Canadiens 1: Ryan Malone and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist to lead Tampa Bay over host Montreal.

Wild 3, Stars 2: Cal Clutterbuck and Mikko Koivu scored first-period goals and host Minnesota held on to beat Dallas.

Late Friday

Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 3: Chris Stewart scored in the eighth round of the shootout, helping NHL-leading Colorado remain unbeaten at home with a victory over Chicago.

Dustin Byfuglien had a chance to tie but sent his slap shot just wide. The two teams engaged in a nine-round shootout earlier this season.

Stars 2, Canucks 1: Brad Richards scored midway through the second period, Brenden Morrow added a third-period power-play goal, and host Dallas held off Vancouver despite a 45-save performance by Canucks rookie Cory Schneider.

Marty Turco stopped 32 shots to help Dallas snap the Canucks' winning streak at three games. Mason Raymond scored for Vancouver, making the second stop on a five-game trip.


Isles' Martinek out for season: New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek is out for the season with a knee injury.

The Islanders announced on Saturday that Martinek tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Friday night in the third period of a 2-1 loss at New Jersey.

The oft-injured defenseman was helped off the ice with about 5:45 to play after he was hit hard against the boards in front of the Devils bench by Zach Parise.

The Islanders will also be without captain Doug Weight when they host Atlanta on Saturday night. The 38-year-old center is expected to miss a week after sustaining an undisclosed upper body injury.

Weight has played in only 11 of New York's 16 games because of an early season groin injury and a bout with the swine flu.

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