Final Score: New Jersey 5, Washington 0
Washington, DC - Zach Parise recorded his second career hat trick and Johan Hedberg earned his third shutout of the season, as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Washington Capitals, 5-0, at Verizon Center. Patrik Elias matched Dainius Zubrus with a goal and an assist for the Devils, who snapped a four-game winless streak. Hedberg finished with 23 saves. The win gives the Devils 77 points, tying them with idle Philadelphia for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Michal Neuvirth stopped 15 shots for Washington, which was looking to extend its winning streak to four games. The Capitals remain one point behind eighth-place Winnipeg and three back of the first-place Florida Panthers in the Southeast Division.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, NY Rangers 3 (OT)
Tampa, FL - Ryan Malone scored the game-winning goal 1:58 into overtime to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. Teddy Purcell gained the blue line on the right wing and fed Malone, who blew a quick wrister past Henrik Lundqvist from the high slot for the winner. Steven Stamkos scored his league leading 45th goal of the season and added an assist, while Purcell scored and added two helpers. Tom Pyatt also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who have won three straight. Mathieu Garon was solid in net, stopping 16-of-19 shots in the victory. Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist, while Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Rangers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Lundqvist was tagged for all four goals on 31 shots.
Final Score: Detroit 6, Minnesota 0
Detroit, MI - Valtteri Filppula supplied two goals and one assist, and lightly-tested Jimmy Howard turned aside 19 shots in the Detroit Red Wings' resounding 6-0 win over the Minnesota Wild. Henrik Zetterberg registered a goal and two assists for the Red Wings, who reclaimed sole possession of first place in the Central Division. The win, Detroit's second straight after three losses in a row, gives the club 89 points, two more than idle St. Louis. The Red Wings had been dealt a pair of one-goal losses at Joe Louis Arena after setting a league record with 23 consecutive home wins. Howard earned his sixth shutout of the season, extending a career high. The Wild's Josh Harding was beaten six times on 29 shots before being replaced by Matt Hackett in the third period. Minnesota has dropped three straight and four of its last five games overall.