The Rangers’ Enver Lisin (81) fights for control of the puck with New Jersey Devils’ Paul Martin (7) and Bryce Salvador (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday.AP PHOTO
NEW YORK — Dainius Zubrus tipped in Zach Parise’s soft shot 7:51 into the third period and the New Jersey Devils remained undefeated on the road with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Zubrus’ first goal this season made a winner of Martin Brodeur, who had never beaten Rangers counterpart Henrik Lundqvist in regulation on the road in the regular season. Brodeur made 29 saves to push the Devils to 4-0 away from home.
Brodeur, the NHL’s winningest goalie with 562 victories, had an anxious moment shortly before Zubrus snapped the 2-2 tie. Marian Gaborik stole the puck from Brodeur behind the net, but couldn’t get it to a teammate for a shot at the vacated net.
TAMPA, Fla. — Mike Smith won for the first time in nine months, James Wright scored his first NHL goal and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the San Jose Sharks.
ATLANTA — Jeff Schultz, Matt Bradley and Chris Clark scored in an 88-second span of the second period, Semyon Varlamov stopped 22 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the Atlanta Thrashers for their third straight win.
Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec was benched after allowing the three straight goals that gave Washington a 5-2 lead.
MONTREAL — Scott Gomez and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored in the first period to give Montreal its first two-goal lead of the season, sending the Canadiens on to a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Max Pacioretty, Mike Cammalleri and Maxim Lapierre also scored for Montreal (4-5), which won in regulation for the first time in 13 games dating to last season.
Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves in his second straight start after helping the Canadiens stop a five-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 2-1 shootout win over Colorado. Halak lost his shutout bid 54 seconds into the third when he misplayed a dump-in behind his net that led directly to Josh Bailey’s short-handed goal.