RALEIGH, N.C. — Martin Brodeur scored his third career goal and made 17 saves in his first game in a month, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Brodeur had been out since Feb. 21 with a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck. New Jersey went 3-8-2 in his absence.
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 while Dan Ellis made 19 saves.
Canadiens 5, Islanders 2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Brian Gionta scored the go-ahead goal 48 seconds into the third period, Brendan Gallagher added two more and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Islanders for the first time in three tries this season.
Gionta’s 10th goal of the season came after center David Desharnais caught a wobbling puck by the blue line off a clearing attempt, set it down and passed it to Gionta in front.
Gallagher scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season 33 seconds apart midway through the third. Carey Price made 25 saves for Montreal.
Panthers 3, Rangers 1
NEW YORK — Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves and just missed his first NHL shutout, and the cellar-dwelling Florida Panthers dealt the playoff-hopeful New York Rangers a big blow in a victory.
The Rangers had gotten back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with wins on two consecutive nights this week after a three-game skid. But Markstrom was sharp and shut down offensively challenged New York.
Markstrom, who has played in only nine games since being recalled from the minor leagues in February, earned his third NHL win of the season and fifth in 17 career games.
Sabres 5, Maple Leafs 4
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Steve Ott scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout, helping the Buffalo Sabres rally for a win over the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ryan Miller then secured the win 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.
Ott set up his successful shootout goal by driving in full speed on James Reimer. Without stopping, Ott slipped the puck inside the right post before the goalie had a chance to get his pad out.
Christian Ehrhoff had a goal and two assists for Buffalo, which won consecutive games for only the fourth time this season.
Bruins 2, Senators 1
OTTAWA — Dennis Seidenberg scored with 1:04 left to help the Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators.
Patrice Bergeron won a faceoff in the offensive zone back to Zdeno Chara, the Boston captain fed Seidenbergand his shot found its way past goalie Robin Lehner through a maze of players.
Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins (20-6-3), and Anton Khudobin made 27 saves.
Kaspars Daugavins scored for Ottawa.