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National Hockey League: Devils, Canadiens Among Winners - 2004-03-07


The National Hockey League defending champion New Jersey Devils won for the first time in five games with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Goalie Martin Brodeur made 25 saves and John Madden scored a goal and had an assist to help the Devils win in North Carolina.

Montreal's Mathieu Garon stopped a season-high 46 shots on goal and Richard Zednik scored two goals and made one assist in the Canadiens' 4-2 win over the host Los Angeles Kings. The Canadiens have won seven of their last eight games.

In a cross-state match up, the Tampa Bay Lightning held off a late game rally to beat the Florida Panthers 5-3. The Lightning scored three goals in the first period and added two more in the second for their eighth straight win and 39th regular season victory - both club records.

The lowly Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a 16-game home winless streak after edging the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2-1. The Penguins are the first team this season to be eliminated from playoff competition.

Vancouver goalie Johan Hedberg notched his second straight shut out, stopping 32 shots to lead the Canucks to a 4-0 blanking of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In other NHL games Saturday, the Boston Bruins scored late in the third period to tie the Atlanta Thrashers 2-2. Newly acquired Peter Bondra scored the winning goal, as the Ottawa Senators beat the Nashville Predators 4-2. Bondra's former team, the Washington Capitals, pulled out a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Saint Louis goalie Chris Osgood made 39 saves against his former team, as the Blues defeated the New York Islanders 4-2. Buffalo captain Miroslav Satan had a goal and an assist in the Sabres' 5-1 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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