NHL Wrap: Devils rally, win one for Brodeur

NHL Wrap: Devils rally, win one for Brodeur
March 5, 2014, 12:30 am
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Martin Brodeur earned his 684th career victory Tuesday in the Devils' 4-3 win over the Red Wings. (USA Today Images)

The day before the trade deadline, the Flyers were active, trading for defenseman Andrew MacDonald of the Islanders (see story).

It was just one in a flurry of trades to take place around the NHL as the deadline approaches Wednesday. Others, notably Roberto Luongo, were also dealt Tuesday (see story).

And around the league, playoff races remain tight. Here's a recap of Tuesday's notable games:

Devils top Red Wings late
NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur has been the masked face of the New Jersey Devils for 20 years.

But on the eve of the NHL trade deadline, both the goalie and the only team he has played for are contemplating an uncertain future.

"I don't know," Brodeur said about the possibility of being traded following a 20-save effort in a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night that could have marked his final game with New Jersey.

"I had some good conversations with Lou (Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello) about what I want to do for the rest of the year and maybe next year. From there you know it's up to him to make the decision that he wants. He knows exactly where I stand."

Stephen Gionta scored the tiebreaking goal with under 37 seconds left to lift New Jersey to victory. Adam Henrique, Marek Zidlicky, and Travis Zajac also had goals for the Devils, who closed within one point of Detroit. (See full recap.)

Blues improve to 2-0 with Miller
ST. LOUIS -- In both of Ryan Miller's starts with the St. Louis Blues, they've faced two-goal deficits. Both times, they've rallied to win.

Though they're still learning what type of player Miller can be, it took no time at all to pick up on the calming influence projected from the man in net.

"His disposition and the way he carries himself has a professionalism to it that I think over time just rubs off on everybody," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Coaches, players - from the time he comes into the building, the way he carries himself has a positive effect on everybody."

Alexander Steen got the go-ahead goal early in the third period in a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Miller, who got a huge ovation during player introductions, made sure it stood up in his first home start since the Blues acquired him from Buffalo. (See full story.)

Jackets smelling postseason
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While Artem Anisimov has found another level of play, the Blue Jackets are still trying to find how to keep the pressure on as they chase a playoff spot.

Anisimov scored twice, including a late insurance goal, as Columbus held off a third-period Dallas rally for a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

"Right now might be as good as we've seen him play in a Columbus uniform," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said of Anisimov, who has scored five times in the last four games. "Two huge goals for us, especially the last one with the way the game was going."

Columbus dug in for its third straight win to climb into a tie for seventh with the Rangers in the Eastern Conference.

"Bob's (Sergei Bobrovsky) our last line of defense and it's a great last line to have," Richards said. "But as a young team going forward and playing with leads, a 3-0 lead, that's where you want to continue to go after teams." (See full recap.)