Originally created 04/12/06

Devils topple 'Canes in OT

RALEIGH, N.C. - Brian Gionta scored a power-play goal 28 seconds into overtime as the New Jersey Devils wrapped up a playoff spot in their 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Martin Brodeur made 37 saves to help New Jersey stretch its winning streak to eight games and become the first NHL goalie to win 40 games in five seasons. He's 40-23-7.

Gionta's power-play goal - his 45th goal of the season - capped a wild ending, with both teams scoring in the final 5 minutes of regulation, and New Jersey locked up its ninth consecutive playoff spot when the game went to overtime.

Carolina's Eric Staal scored his team-leading 45th goal of the season with 46 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime after the Hurricanes pulled goalie Martin Gerber for an extra attacker. New Jersey's Jamie Langenbrunner scored a power-play goal with 4:27 remaining in the third period.

John Madden and Grant Marshall also scored for the Devils. Mark Recchi and Craig Adams added goals for the Hurricanes.


In New York, Miroslav Satan scored his 32nd and 33rd goals as the Islanders slowed the rival Rangers' drive to the Atlantic Division title.

The Rangers have already clinched their first playoff berth since 1997 and are trying for their first division crown since the Stanley Cup-winning season of 1993-94.

Coupled with Philadelphia's 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday, the Rangers' lead over the Flyers was cut to three points.

New York has three games remaining, including one at Philadelphia on Saturday, and the Flyers have four games left.

Chris Campoli also scored for the Islanders.

Michael Nylander and Petr Prucha both scored for the Rangers.


In Philadelphia, Jeff Carter's power-play goal with 6:32 left helped the Flyers move within three points of the Atlantic Division-leading Rangers.

Simon Gagne scored his 45th goal, and Joni Pitkanen and Brian Savage also scored for the Flyers, who were without star center Peter Forsberg for the third consecutive game because of a groin injury.

Michel Ouellet, Ryan Whitney and Sidney Crosby scored for Pittsburgh, which already secured the worst record in the conference.


In Detroit, Manny Legace made 29 saves, and Kris Draper and Donald MacLean scored goals to help Detroit clinch the best record in the NHL with a victory over Edmonton.

The Presidents' Trophy-winning Red Wings, with 118 points, will have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

Edmonton is eighth in the Western Conference standings - two points ahead of idle Vancouver - for the final playoff spot.

Dwayne Roloson made 25 saves for the Oilers.


In Ottawa, Zdeno Chara scored twice in his return to Ottawa's lineup, including the winner 40 seconds into overtime, as the Senators regained the Eastern Conference lead with a victory over Boston.

Chara swept behind the Bruins' net and put a backhand shot over goalie Tim Thomas for his 16th of the season as Ottawa ended its season-high, four-game losing streak.

Wild 2, Blackhawks 0

In St. Paul, Minn., Josh Harding made 27 saves in his second NHL start, and Stephane Veilleux scored the deciding goal on a third-period breakaway as Minnesota beat Chicago.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard added an empty-net goal with 1:11 left to help the Wild win for the fifth time in their past seven games.


In St. Louis, Chris Mason made 27 saves for his third career shutout as Nashville beat St. Louis to complete a season sweep of the Blues and reach 100 points for the first time in franchise history.


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