NHL roundup: Brodeur shuts the door on Rangers

New Jersey Devils defenceman Mark Fayne (29) reacts as he blocks a New York Rangers shot in front...

New Jersey Devils defenceman Mark Fayne (29) reacts as he blocks a New York Rangers shot in front of goalie Martin Brodeur (30) in the third period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 7, 2012. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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Final Score: New Jersey 1, NY Rangers 0

New York, NY - Martin Brodeur extended his NHL record with the 117th shutout of his career, as the New Jersey Devils made a first period goal stand up in a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. David Clarkson tallied the only goal for the Devils, who have now won five straight. The Rangers appeared to tie the game with 3.5 seconds left, but Marian Gaborik crashed into Brodeur and was called for goalie interference, negating Artem Anisimov's potential equalizer. Henrik Lundqvist was again marvelous in net, stopping 21-of-22 shots, but saw a personal four-game winning streak come to an end. New York, meanwhile, lost for only the second time in its last six games overall. Brodeur, though, was the story, as the four-time Vezina Trophy winner stopped 30 shots, including 15 in the final period, to secure his first shutout since blanking the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 25 of last season.

Final Score: NY Islanders 1, Philadelphia 0 (SO)

Philadelphia, PA - Frans Nielsen scored the winner in the shootout as the New York Islanders took a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. After stopping all 18 shots in regulation and overtime, Ilya Bryzgalov was beat by Nielsen on a fake to the backhand that was lifted high. Danny Briere, playing in his first game after missing six contests with a concussion, deked to the forehand and tried to stuff it in, but Evgeni Nabokov stuck his left pad out to the post and kept the puck out. Jonathan Tavares then blew a wrister into the left side and Nabokov sealed the win when he made a right pad save on Wayne Simmonds' backhand offering. Nabokov stopped 45 shots through the 65 minutes of play for his second shutout of the season and 52nd of his career for the Islanders, who have won three of four. Bryzgalov posted his second shutout of the season and 25th of his career, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Flyers from losing three straight for the first time this season.

Final Score: Washington 4, Florida 0

Washington, DC - Alex Ovechkin got his first post-suspension points, scoring two goals Tuesday night to lead the Washington Capitals over the Florida Panthers, 4-0. Washington moved one point ahead of Florida for first place in the Southeast Division. Tomas Vokoun made 42 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and 48th of his career. Mathieu Perreault and Jason Chimera also scored for the Capitals, who moved to 3-3-2 in their last eight games. The Panthers beat the Capitals at home last Wednesday, 4-2, to take the division lead but couldn't solve Vokoun in this one. Scott Clemmensen gave up four goals on 24 shots and Florida lost for the ninth time in its last 13 games (4-5-4).

Final Score: Columbus 3, Minnesota 1

Columbus, OH - Antoine Vermette scored the eventual game- winning goal in the second period as the Columbus Blue Jackets topped the Minnesota Wild, 3-1, at Nationwide Arena. David Savard had a goal and an assist and Jeff Carter also scored for the Blue Jackets, who got 28 saves from Curtis Sanford en route to their second straight win. Nate Prosser scored and Niklas Backstrom gave up all three goals on 37 shots for the Wild, who have lost three of their last four games.

Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Tampa Bay 1

Tampa, FL  - Kyle Clifford scored the eventual game-winner midway through the second period as the Los Angeles Kings skated past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1, at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Anze Kopitar and Dustin Penner also scored for the Kings, who got 24 saves from Jonathan Quick in the victory to snap a two-game skid. Steven Stamkos notched his league-leading 35th goal for the Lightning and Dwayne Roloson stopped 17-of-20 shots in a losing effort. The Lightning have now lost two of their last three contests after winning five straight.

Final Score: Phoenix 4, Dallas 1

Dallas, TX - Radim Vrbata netted the eventual game-winner in the second period and added an assist as the Phoenix Coyotes dropped the Dallas Stars, 4-1, at American Airlines Center. Keith Yandle, Raffi Torres and Derek Morris scored and Ray Whitney added a pair of helpers for the Coyotes, who have won three straight games. Mike Smith was solid in net, making 28 saves in the victory. Michael Ryder scored for the Stars, who were unable to carry momentum from a 2-1 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Kari Lehtonen was tagged for all four goals on 24 shots in defeat.

Final Score: Colorado 5, Chicago 2

Denver, CO - David Jones scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche took down the slumping Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2, at Pepsi Center. Kyle Quincey, Peter Mueller and Gabriel Landeskog each had a goal for the Avalanche, who snapped a five-game slide. Jean-Sebastien Giguere gave up two goals on 31 shots. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are on a season-high six-game losing streak as the team managed goals from just Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane. Ray Emery was tagged for four goals on 28 shots.


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