Scott Gomez, John Madden, Jason Wiemer and Sergei Brylin scored goals and Martin Brodeur moved into fourth place on the NHL’s career victories list in the New Jersey Devils’ 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Brodeur made 33 saves and won his 438th career game, moving him past Hall of Famer Jacques Plante.
Trying to gain ground and separate themselves from Montreal and Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, the Devils got goals only 1:10 apart in the second period to propel them to their first three-game winning streak since winning nine straight in late January.
New Jersey also won consecutive games in regulation for the first since early February.
Maple Leafs 7, Sabres 0: At Toronto, Nik Antropov scored twice in a five-goal first period and the Maple Leafs routed Buffalo.
Toronto took a 4-0 lead in the first 6:24 as Jeff O’Neill, Ian White, Tie Domi and Antropov scored.
Canadiens 2, Bruins 0: At Montreal, Cristobal Huet shut out Boston for the third time in a row and Garth Murray had his first career two-goal game to lead the Canadiens over the Bruins.
Montreal, which went 10-5-1 in March for its best month in 13 years, has a season-high six-game winning streak.
Blue Jackets 5, Blackhawks 2: At Columbus, Ohio, Mark Hartigan scored twice and added an assist in the third period for his first career multipoint game to lead Columbus past Chicago, tying the franchise mark with its fifth win in a row.
Capitals 1, Senators 0: At Ottawa, Brent Johnson made 46 saves, including 16 in the third period, and Dainius Zubrus scored the only goal as Washington defeated the Senators.
Senators goalie Ray Emery, coming off an NHL record-tying 12 wins in March, made 31 saves.
Thrashers 5, Hurricanes 2: At Atlanta, Ilya Kovalchuk had two goals and the Thrashers kept their playoff hopes alive with a victory over Carolina.
The Thrashers are ninth in the Eastern Conference with 78 points, five behind Tampa Bay for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Panthers 4, Lightning 2: At Sunrise, Fla., Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice and Roberto Luongo stopped 41 shots, including 24 in the third period, as Florida beat Tampa Bay.
The Panthers moved to six points behind the Lightning for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Predators 2, Blues 1: At Nashville, Tenn., Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves to lead the Predators to a victory over St. Louis, handing the Blues their 10th straight loss.
Nashville snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 6-0-0 against St. Louis this season.
Flames 4, Oilers 1: At Edmonton, Alberta, Kristian Huselius scored twice in the second period to lead Calgary past the Oilers.
Calgary won its third straight game to open a four-point cushion atop the Northwest Division.
Coyotes 4, Sharks 3 (OT): At San Jose, Calif., Steven Reinprecht scored his third goal on a power play with 1:05 left in overtime, and Phoenix beat the Sharks despite blowing a three-goal lead in the third period.
Kings 1, Stars 0: At Los Angeles, Jeremy Roenick scored the lone goal and Mathieu Garon stopped 27 shots to lead the Kings past Dallas.