Lightning edge Devils
Published: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
TAMPA - Ruslan Fedotenko scored with 2:38 left in overtime Thursday night, giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a 1-0 victory over New Jersey and spoiling another stellar outing by Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.
John Grahame had 20 saves en route to his third shutout in Tampa Bay's last five games. The Lightning are 4-0-1 during that stretch, and Grahame has allowed a total of one goal in the four victories.
The loss was just the second in 12 games for the Devils, who entered as the NHL's hottest team with Brodeur posting four shutouts during a stretch that's propelled the club into postseason contention.
Oleg Saprykin scored two goals in the third period and visiting Phoenix rallied to beat St. Louis.
Phoenix (25-24-2) finished 1-2 on its three-game road trip, getting its only win on coach Wayne Gretzky's 45th birthday.
Alexander Daigle and Stephane Veilleux each had a goal and an assist to lead host Minnesota past Nashville.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Marian Gaborik and Todd White also scored for Minnesota, which won its franchise-best fifth game in a row.
Niclas Wallin scored on a deflection 16 seconds into the third period and visiting Carolina pulled away for a victory over Atlanta.
Daniel Alfredsson had two goals and an assist and Dominik Hasek recorded his fifth shutout. The visiting Canadiens tied a franchise record by being held to 12 shots.
Marco Sturm scored in the third period to lift host Boston.
Brendan Shanahan's power-play goal with 7 minutes left helped host Detroit snap a two-game losing streak.
The team improved its defense by making two trades, acquiring Jaroslav Spacek from the Chicago Blackhawks and Dick Tarnstrom from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Alexei Yashin had a goal and recorded his 400th NHL assist and backup Wade Dubielewicz stopped all three of visiting Pittsburgh's skaters in the shootout.
Thomas Vanek scored twice for visiting Buffalo.
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