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Devils too much for Capitals, 7-2


Brian Gionta and Brian Rafalski each scored two goals to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Washington Capitals last night.

Sergei Brylin, Jay Pandolfo and John Madden also scored, and Martin Brodeur made 23 saves to help the Devils end a three-game losing streak. They were 3-for-10 on the power play last night after going 4-for-100 in their previous 14 games.

Alex Ovechkin and Brian Sutherby scored for Washington.

Caps goalie Brent Johnson was replaced by Olaf Kolzig at 6:14 of the second period after making an awkward stop on Brylin. Johnson said he injured a groin muscle.

"I felt like I had no strength," Johnson said. "I feel terrible for coming out of the game like that. I didn't want it to get any worse."

Earlier yesterday, Washington reacquired forward Colin Forbes from the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Stephen Peat.

Blue Jackets 1, Mighty Ducks 0 -- Jason Chimera was credited with a goal that Anaheim's Teemu Selanne slid into his own net late in the third period, giving host Columbus the win.

Senators 6, Hurricanes 2 -- Dany Heatley, Bryan Smolinski and Daniel Alfredsson each had a goal and an assist as host Ottawa won.

Flyers 4, Thrashers 3 -- Sami Kapanen scored 13 seconds into overtime to give visiting Philadelphia the win over Atlanta.

Panthers 6, Bruins 4 -- Olli Jokinen had two goals and an assist to lead host Florida over Boston.

Canadiens 4, Lightning 3 -- Pierre Dagenais scored the tiebreaking goal for visiting Montreal with 11:26 remaining.

Rangers 6, Islanders 2 -- Jaromir Jagr had a goal and three assists as the visitors erased an early deficit by scoring the final six goals.

Wild 4, Oilers 2 -- Randy Robitaille and Marian Gaborik scored on Minnesota's first two shots on goal in leading the road win.

Blues 2, Blackhawks 1 -- Rookie Jason Bacashihua made 21 saves and Eric Brewer and Dallas Drake scored to lead visiting St. Louis.

Kings 5, Avalanche 3 -- Pavol Demitra scored two goals and Los Angeles took advantage of weak Colorado goaltending to win.

Coyotes 5, Sharks 4 -- Mike Johnson scored the winner for visiting Phoenix at 4:44 of the third period.

Canucks 4, Predators 3 -- Richard Park's goal at 8:41 of the third period won it for host Vancouver.

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