Devils top Blackhawks in shootout


Published: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Patrik Elias and Viktor Kozlov scored for New Jersey in a shootout and the Devils beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Sunday night for their season-high sixth straight win.
New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur stopped 29 shots and tied former Blackhawks goalie Tony Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time wins list with 423. Brodeur entered the game coming off back-to-back shutouts of Philadelphia and Vancouver.
Tyler Arnason had a goal and an assist for Chicago, and Radim Vrbata scored in his fourth straight game. Mikael Holmqvist scored the lone goal in the shootout for the Blackhawks.
Chicago rookie Adam Munro started his second straight game and third in the last four, and stopped 24 shots. Top Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin missed his ninth game with a groin pull.
Brian Gionta opened the scoring with a power-play goal 4:34 in to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Following a faceoff in the Chicago zone and scramble in the crease, he scored from a few feet out.
HURRICANES 4, BLUES 2: Eric Staal had three goals, including the go-ahead one off a beautiful behind-the-back pass from Erik Cole, and host Carolina rallied to beat St. Louis for its seventh straight victory.
Six have come at the RBC Center, where the Hurricanes improved the NHL's best home record to 20-4-1.
PREDATORS 5, PENGUINS 4: Scott Walker scored his first two goals since returning from surgery that kept him out of 33 games, and host Nashville held off Pittsburgh.
Paul Kariya, Martin Erat and Adam Hall also scored for the Predators and Scott Hartnell finished with two assists.
But Staal more than did his part, too. He got his second career NHL hat trick after missing part of the first period following a high stick from Dennis Wideman, and he returned with stitches and minus a tooth. He was held without a goal over the previous eight games but broke out in a big away against the worst team in the league.

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