Ilya Kovalchuk scores a goal in his return to the Devils

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Patrik Elias had a goal and assist, Martin Brodeur made 29 saves, and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in his return from a groin injury in the New Jersey Devils’ 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus (left) tries to keep the puck away from Buffalo's Drew Stafford on Wednesday.  Dan Cappellazzo/Associated Press
Dan Cappellazzo/Associated Press
New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus (left) tries to keep the puck away from Buffalo's Drew Stafford on Wednesday.

Playing in his fourth game since a shoulder injury forced him to miss six, Brodeur’s best save came with 6 minutes left in the second period when he snagged Jason Pominville’s shot from point-blank range with his glove.

Brodeur has allowed 10 goals since his return.

Zach Parise, Mark Fayne, and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils (9-7-1), who won for the second time in three games. New Jersey lost 4-3 at Boston on Tuesday.

CANADIENS 4, HURRICANES 0

In Montreal, Carey Price made 25 saves for his first shutout of the season and P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist to lead Montreal to a win over Carolina.

Price, who earned a secondary assist on Michael Cammalleri’s goal 7:15 in, recorded his first regular-season shutout since March 12.

It was his 13th NHL blanking.

Yannick Weber and Travis Moen also scored for Montreal (8-7-3), and Tomas Plekanec had two assists. The Canadiens are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games.

Cam Ward stopped 32 shots for Carolina, which lost 5-3 to Philadelphia on Monday.


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