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NHL: Devils Continue to Defend Hockey Championship - 2004-01-18


New Jersey's Patrick Elias scored in overtime to give the National Hockey League defending champion Devils a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Elias scored both of the Devils' goals Saturday to give New Jersey only its second win in six games. His game-winning tally came about midway through the five-minute extra session, when the two teams play four-on-four hockey.

Anaheim's Vinnie Prospal scored the winning goal and netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped a penalty shot, as the Mighty Ducks edged the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. Giguere turned away a penalty shot by Daniel Sedin, which is one of 24 saves he made for the Ducks, who got their first win of the new year.

Philadelphia goalie Robert Esche stopped 35 shots in the Flyers' 4-0 shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs. Michal Handzus scored twice for Philly, which beat Toronto 4-1 on Friday. Jeremy Roenick of the Flyers accidentally collided on the ice with teammate Eric Desjardins, who suffered a broken arm that will keep him sidelined for at least six weeks.

Meanwhile, Ottawa's Martin Havlat scored a pair of goals and made two assists to lead the Senators to a 4-0 shut out of the Boston Bruins. Martin Prusek made 20 saves to the win.

Elsewhere in the NHL Saturday, the New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2, the Florida Panthers topped the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1, and the Dallas Stars edged the Calgary Flames 3-2. Also, the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens skated to a 2-2 draw.