NHL ROUNDUP: Devils' Brodeur keeps plugging away as trade rumors swirl
Martin Brodeur has been the masked face of the New Jersey Devils for 20 years.
But on the eve of the NHL trade deadline, both the goalie and the only team he has played for are contemplating an uncertain future.
“I don’t know,” Brodeur said about the possibility of being traded following a 20-save effort in a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night that could have marked his final game with New Jersey.
“I had some good conversations with Lou (Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello) about what I want to do for the rest of the year and maybe next year. From there you know it’s up to him to make the decision that he wants. He knows exactly where I stand.”
Stephen Gionta scored the tiebreaking goal with under 37 seconds left to lift New Jersey to victory. Adam Henrique, Marek Zidlicky and Travis Zajac also had goals for the Devils (27-23-13), who closed within one point of Detroit (28-21-12).
Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings against Brodeur, who has been the subject of trade rumors leading up to today’s deadline.
BRUINS 4, PANTHERS 1: David Krejci scored three goals for Boston in a win over Florida, hours after the visiting Panthers made a series of deals to retool their lineup. Jarome Iginla also scored for the Bruins.
Former Boston goalie Tim Thomas allowed three goals before Krejci scored in an empty net with 14 seconds left.
Boston backup goalie Chad Johnson had a shutout until Florida defenseman Brian Campbell scored with 7:13 left.
BLUE JACKETS 4, STARS 2: Artem Anisimov scored twice and Columbus held off a third-period rally to beat Dallas.
The Blue Jackets have won three in a row and are vying for only their second postseason appearance since joining the NHL in 2000.
Columbus scored on the first shot of the game and bolted to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Boone Jenner, R.J. Umberger and Anisimov against backup Dan Ellis.
Defensemen Alex Goligoski and Trevor Daley had goals early in the third period for the Stars.
AVALANCHE 4, BLACKHAWKS 2: Tyson Barrie scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:10 left, and Colorado topped Chicago for its third straight win. The Avalanche reached 40 victories faster than any team in franchise history. Paul Stastny completed the scoring with an empty-netter with 32.6 seconds left.
Ryan O’Reilly and Maxime Talbot also scored for the Avalanche.
Ben Smith and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago.
BLUES 4, LIGHTNING 2: Alexander Steen scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and goalie Ryan Miller won his first home start in St. Louis’ win over Tampa Bay.
T.J. Oshie’s short-handed goal tied it in the second period and he assisted on Steen’s 29th of the season for the Central Division leaders. Patrik Berglund started the comeback with his third goal in two games, and Vladimir Tarasenko’s empty-net score cinched it with a half-minute to go.
Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson scored to give Tampa Bay an early 2-0 cushion.
ISLANDERS 3, JETS 2, OT: Michael Grabner scored on a breakaway 3:53 into overtime as the New York Islanders defeated Winnipeg. Cal Clutterbuck sent a pass from around the blue line up to Grabner, who slipped between two Jets and beat goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
The Islanders also got a goal and assist from Anders Lee and a goal from Colin McDonald to end a two-game skid.
The Jets’ Andrew Ladd scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season, tying the game 2-2 with 5:07 left for Winnipeg.
Islanders winger Thomas Vanek was a healthy scratch amid rumors he will be traded before today’s deadline.
OILERS 3, SENATORS 2: Ales Hemsky scored two goals and the Oilers snapped a three-game losing streak.
Jordan Eberle also scored and Taylor Hall had a pair of assists for the Oilers, who remain in second-to-last place in the NHL despite a 6-2-2 record in their past 10 games.
Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators.
COYOTES 1, CANUCKS 0: Antoine Vermette scored late in the first period and Mike Smith stopped 23 shots.
Phoenix held Vancouver to 12 shots until midway through the third period, and Smith got his third shutout of the season and 27th in his career, helping Phoenix move ahead of Vancouver for ninth in the Western Conference.
HURRICANES 3, SHARKS 2, OT: Jay Harrison scored with 41.2 seconds remaining in overtime and the Hurricanes won for the first time since the Olympic break. Jiri Tlusty and Elias Lindholm also scored for the Hurricanes, who lost the first four games since the Olympics.
Anton Khudobin made 35 saves to earn the win.
Marty Havlat and Brent Burns scored for the Sharks.