NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Ryan Carter scored his first two NHL goals in the first period and the Anaheim Ducks completed a three-game, New York-area sweep with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Playing a metropolitan team for the third time in four nights, the Ducks grabbed a 2-0 lead. Jonas Hiller protected it by stopping 34 shots - 15 in the third - making defenseman Scott Niedermayer's return to New Jersey a happy one.
Longtime teammate Martin Brodeur was sharp in stopping 22 shots, beaten only by Carter. He has started 14 consecutive games and 24 of 25. Jay Pandolfo scored for the Devils.
Hurricanes 2, Capitals 1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Erik Cole and Andrew Ladd scored first-period goals, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat Washington to retake first place in the Southeast Division.
Cam Ward made 33 saves for Carolina, which withstood 13 shots in the third period to snap a two-game skid.
y to expand its lead.
Alex Ovechkin was held without a point for just the 11th time in 56 games this season.
Bruins 3, Sabres 2, SO
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Phil Kessel scored the lone shootout goal, and Boston rallied from a two-goal deficit.
Marco Sturm, who tied it by scoring with 3:50 left in regulation, and Zdeno Chara scored third-period goals for the Bruins. Backup goalie Alex Auld, making his first start in since Jan. 17, stopped 24 shots, including Buffalo's three shootout attempts.
Jaroslav Spacek and Thomas Vanek scored for the Sabres, who lost for only the second time in seven games (5-0-2).
Sharks 2, Blue Jackets 1, OT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Joe Thornton scored a power-play goal 1:49 into overtime, and Evgeni Nabokov earned his 30th victory of the season with 31 mostly spectacular saves for San Jose.
Marcel Goc scored an early goal for the Sharks, and Nabokov kept his teammates in a one-sided game with one big save after another, despite Jason Chimera's tying goal for the Blue Jackets in the third period.
The Blue Jackets are winless in five of their last six outings despite outshooting San Jose 26-5 in the first two periods.
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