Brendan Shanahan made his season debut for the New Jersey Devils on Monday night, and it didn't take him long to make an impact. At the 1:38 mark of the second period, the 39-year-old forward beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne from right on top of the crease, giving the Devils a 1-0 lead on their way to a 3-1 win over the Predators.
Shanahan registered nearly 14-minutes of ice-time, while firing six shots on goal. His tally came on the power play, which is where he should make his biggest impact for a New Jersey team that entered play on Monday ranked 15th in the league with the man advantage.
Capitals 2, Islanders 1:Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals for Washington, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Islanders. Ovechkin's two goals move him ahead of Philadelphia's Jeff Carter for the league lead with 31.
Hurricanes 2, Maple Leafs 0:Cam Ward turned aside 35 shots in goal for his second shutout of the season, leading Carolina to a 2-0 win over Toronto. Joe Corvo and Chad LaRose provided the offense for the Hurricanes, scoring a pair of goals in the final four-minutes of the second period.
Lightning 4, Stars 2: Tampa Bay scored three goals in the third period on its way to a 4-2 win over Dallas. Vincent Lecavalier -- still a member of the Lightning, by the way -- scored a pair of goals in the win, while Steven Stamkos netted his sixth of the season after being a healthy scratch on Saturday. Brad Richards, playing in his first game in Tampa Bay since being traded to Dallas, scored his 12th goal of the season.
Wild 4, Blackhawks 1:Niklas Backstrom stopped 40-of-41 shots in Minnesota's 4-1 against Chicago, while Marek Zidlicky scored a pair of power play goals for the Wild. Mikko Koivu started the scoring for Minnesota in the first period when he fired a shot from the blue line that took an odd bounce off Chicago's Brent Seabrook, beating Nikolai Khabibulin.
Sabres 3, Panthers 2:Ales Kotalik and Derek Roy scored in a shootout to help lead the Sabres to a 3-2 win in Florida. Thomas Vanek scored his 28th goal of the season in regulation for Buffalo, while Tim Connolly scored his third goal in his past two games.
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