Devils 4, Bruins 3: The premier matchup on Thursday's schedule had to be the New Jersey-Boston tilt, and it didn't disappoint as the Devils took a 4-3 decision in overtime. Jamie Langenbrunner scored a pair of goals for the Devils, including the game-winner 1:11 into overtime.
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead through the first two periods, New Jersey watched the Bruins roar back with three goals in the third period before Patrick Elias tied the game with just under two minutes to play in regulation. Zach Parise picked up his 29th goal of the season in the win, while Scott Clemmensen made 24 saves. New Jersey has now won seven consecutive games while allowing only 12 goals during the streak. Who needs Martin Brodeur, eh?
Panthers 5, Canadiens 1:Stephen Weiss picked up a goal and two assists in Florida's 5-1 win over Montreal. The Panthers continue to fight for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference, and take a two-point lead over the Penguins -- who had the night off -- for the final playoff spot. Montreal goalie Carey Price struggled again in net, giving up five goals for the third straight start.
Hurricanes 3, Lightning 2:Eric Staal's goal with 1:36 remaining in the third period helped lift Carolina to a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. Chad LaRose and Matt Cullen also scored for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward made 27 stops in net.
Islanders 5, Thrashers 4: The least attractive game of the night ended up being one of the craziest, as the Islanders nearly blew a 4-0 lead, as they held on for a 5-4 win in Atlanta. The Islanders came out flying and scored four goals in the first 14 minutes, chasing Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen. With the game seemingly in hand heading to the third, the Thrashers managed to make it a game with three consecutive goals, before Kyle Okposo scored his second goal of the game to clinch the win. On the plus side for Atlanta, Rich Peverley picked up a goal and two assists, giving him 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in seven games for the Thrashers.
Stars 4, Red Wings 2:Henrik Zetterberg was out of the lineup with back spasms, as the Red Wings dropped a 4-2 decision against Dallas. Jere Lehtinen, Loui Eriksson, Steve Ott and Chris Conner provided the offense for the Stars.
Senators 3, Blues 1: Ottawa received a pair of goals from Mike Fisher as it beat St. Louis, 3-1, on Thursday night. Peter Rigin also tallied his first NHL goal for the Senators, while rookie netminder Brian Elliot made 23 saves. If you're like team owner Eugene Melnyk and still keeping track of what it would take for Ottawa to qualify for the postseason, the Senators now need to go 24-11-1. (cue the Journey music).
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