NHL Wrap: Devils end winless slide

NHL Wrap: Devils end winless slide
March 8, 2013, 12:00 am
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The Flyers failed to hold onto an early lead in a 5-4 loss to the Penguins (see story).

Now, let's look around at some other NHL action from Thursday.

Devils end winless streak
NEWARK, N.J. -- David Clarkson and Patrik Elias scored in a shootout and the New Jersey Devils rallied from a late two-goal deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Thursday night, snapping a season-high six game winless streak.


Elias and Adam Henrique got the Devils to the overtime, scoring in the final 6 1/2 minutes, with Elias tying the game on a rebound with 66 seconds left in regulation.

Thomas Vanek and rookie Brian Flynn staked Buffalo to a 2-0 lead, with Vanek tallying his team-high 13th goal of the season on a second-period power play, and Flynn getting the first of his career midway through the third period.

Johan Hedberg made 23 saves and stopped both Sabres shootout attempts for New Jersey (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Rangers top Islanders in OT
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Marian Gaborik scored a power-play goal 42 seconds into overtime, and the New York Rangers rallied for a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Gaborik took a feed in the high slot from Rick Nash, who got the Rangers even at 1 with 5:23 left in regulation, and fired in a shot for his eighth of the season and first in nine games.

The Rangers got their third power play of the night -- the only advantages for either team -- when Michael Del Zotto was hauled down as he crashed in on Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov 21 seconds into the extra session.

Gaborik's goal stretched the Rangers' winning streak to a season-high four games and ended the Islanders' winning run at two (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Capitals crush Panthers
WASHINGTON -- What a way to start: four goals in eight shots.

John Erskine, Wojtek Wolski, John Carlson and Mike Ribeiro all scored before the game was 8 minutes old, and the Washington Capitals climbed out of a tie for last in the Eastern Conference by beating the Florida Panthers 7-1 Thursday night

Florida's Jacob Markstrom allowed two goals on two shots and was pulled after 3 minutes, 10 seconds -- the fastest yanking of an NHL goalie for something other than an injury in more than a year, according to STATS LLC. Markstrom's replacement, Scott Clemmensen, didn't fare much better, giving up two goals in the first six shots.

Alex Ovechkin had two assists during that early run and added a power-play goal later.

The Capitals, citing the Elias Sports Bureau, said the 8-minute, 10-second spree represented the second-fastest four goals to start a game in team history. Washington accumulated four within 6:49 of the opening faceoff against the Minnesota North Stars on Jan. 21, 1986 (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

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