NHL Wrap: Devils' Brodeur strong in 2-1 win

NHL Wrap: Devils' Brodeur strong in 2-1 win
March 23, 2013, 10:45 pm

After a five-day hiatus, the Flyers begin a crucial stretch tomorrow in Pittsburgh as they take on the rival Penguins (see story).

Here's a closer look at Saturday's finals from around the NHL:

Ageless Brodeur leads Devils
NEWARK, N.J. -- Travis Zajac set up two goals, and the New Jersey Devils rode another solid performance by Martin Brodeur to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Patrik Elias and David Clarkson scored for New Jersey, and Brodeur finished with 17 saves as the Devils won their second straight since the 40-year-old goalie returned to the lineup after being sidelined a month with a pinched nerve in his neck.

The victory might have been costly for New Jersey as star forward Ilya Kovalchuk missed the final 10 minutes after crashing into the boards.

Peter Mueller scored for Florida, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves for the Panthers, who are on a season-high, five-game road trip.

This was the first meeting between the teams since the Devils eliminated the Panthers in double overtime in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series last season (See full recap).

Senators hang on for 5-3 win
OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators figured they were in for an easy day after they built a four-goal lead in the first period over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Senators managed to hang on for a 5-3 win on Saturday, but it wasn't as smooth as they expected.

Jakob Silfverberg, Eric Gryba, Guillaume Latendresse and Daniel Alfredsson scored in a 7:01 span in the first period. However, the Senators didn't secure this victory until Alfredsson scored into an empty net in the final minute.

Robin Lehner made 29 saves, and Marc Methot, who missed the previous game because of a knee injury, and Kyle Turris each had two assists (See full recap).

Bruins conclude road trip with loss
TORONTO -- Nazem Kadri scored in the first period, and Frazer McLaren added a timely goal in the third as the Toronto Maple Leafs ended an eight-game losing streak to the Bruins with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night.

The Bruins tried to rally from a 3-0 hole in the third period, throwing everything they had at Toronto in the final minutes. The teams will meet again on Monday in Boston.

Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference, who scored after the goalie was pulled, had goals for the Bruins. Boston held a 33-13 edge in shots.

Mikhail Grabovski also scored for Toronto (17-12-3), which did a lot with a little offense in a game in which both teams misfired. The Maple Leafs had four shots in the first period, five in the second, and four in the third but managed to score a goal in each frame.

Kadri, who entered as the NHL's 10th-leading scorer with 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists), has three goals and six assists in four games.

Boston outshot Toronto 33-13.

The Bruins (20-7-3) hadn't lost in the regular season to Toronto since March 31, 2011 -- a 4-3 shootout decision.

But the Boston offense has been spotty lately. The Bruins went 1-3 on a four-game trip, scored only five goals, and were 0-for-9 on the power play.

Toronto, which came having won just one of seven, looked sloppy for much of the evening but skated off with the win.

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