DEVILS 4, HURRICANES 1: Martin Brodeur scored his third career goal and made 17 saves in his first game in a month, leading New Jersey over Carolina.
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 in Carolina’s fifth straight 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 center 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. Brodeur is the first goalie to score a power-play goal since Evgeni Nabokov for San Jose in 2002.
PANTHERS 3, RANGERS 1: Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves and just missed his first NHL shutout, helping cellar-dwelling Florida get the win against the playoff-hopeful New York 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 lost his shutout bid when Marian Gaborik cut the Rangers’ deficit to 2-1 with 3:48 left.
Brian Campbell scored in the first period, and Scottie Upshall made it 2-0 in the second against Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 23 shots.
BRUINS 2, SENATORS 1: Dennis Seidenberg scored with 1:04 left to lead Boston past Ottawa.
Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins, and Anton Khudobin made 27 saves. The Bruins pulled within three points of Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh.
Kaspars Daugavins scored for Ottawa, and Lehner also stopped 27 shots.
CAPITALS 4, JETS 0: Braden Holtby made 20 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and two assists in Washington’s win over Winnipeg.
Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and an assist for the Capitals, and Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson also scored.
The teams play again tonight in Winnipeg.
CANADIENS 5, ISLANDERS 2: Brian Gionta scored the go-ahead goal 48 seconds into the third period, P.K. Subban added two more, and Montreal beat New York.
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.
SABRES 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4, SO: 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.
Christian Ehrhoff had a goal and two assists for Buffalo, 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.
PREDATORS 5, FLAMES 3: Mike Fisher scored two goals and Nashville snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Calgary.
Martin Erat, Nick Spaling, and Brandon Yip had the other goals for the Predators, and Pekka Rinne made 19 saves.
The Flames have dropped eight consecutive road games.
CANUCKS 2, COYOTES 1: Jordan Schroeder scored midway through the third period, and Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots as Vancouver beat Phoenix.
Christopher Tanev also scored and Schneider made some big saves down the stretch, including a semi breakaway by Martin Hanzal, to secure Vancouver’s fourth win in six games. The Coyotes have lost five straight.
STARS 2, KINGS 0: Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney scored 4:22 apart in the third period, lifting Dallas to its fourth straight win at Staples Center.
The 41-year-old Jagr and 40-year-old Whitney scored in the same game for the second time this season. On Jan. 19 against Phoenix, they became the fourth pair of teammates age 40 or older to score in the same game since 1942-43.
Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves in his first shutout of the season.
Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for the Kings.