NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Brodeur made 20 saves in what might have been his last game with the Devils, and Stephen Gionta scored the tiebreaking goal with under 37 seconds left to lift New Jersey to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
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 Wednesday’s NHL dealing deadline.
“We’ll see what’s going to happen,” said Brodeur, who has a no-trade clause.
Gionta put the Devils ahead for good when he tipped Mark Fayne’s point shot past Jimmy Howard for the winning goal.
Bruins 4, Panthers 1
BOSTON — David Krejci scored three goals for the Boston Bruins in a win over Florida, hours after the Panthers made a series of deals to retool their lineup.
Jarome Iginla also scored for the Bruins, who kept former Boston goalie Tim Thomas busy all night with 39 shots on goal.
It was possibly Thomas’ last game for the Panthers, who earlier Tuesday picked up veteran Roberto Luongo from Vancouver. If Thomas agrees to waive his no-trade clause, the Panthers may not be done dealing before Wednesday afternoon’s trade deadline.
Thomas, who led Boston to the 2011 Stanley Cup by beating Luongo and Vancouver, showed why a contender may be interested in the 39-year-old, making 35 saves. He allowed three goals before Krejci scored in an empty net with 14 seconds left, and a few hats from the remaining fans fell to the ice.
Blue Jackets 4, Stars 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Artem Anisimov scored twice, including a late insurance goal, as the Columbus Blue Jackets held off a third-period Dallas .
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 back-up Dan Ellis.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves.