Joe Nieuwendyk ended a 20-game streak without a goal and also set up New Jersey's second goal, and the Devils ran host Pittsburgh's losing streak to a near-record 10 games by winning, 3-1, last night.
Oleg Tverdovsky and Brian Gionta also scored as New Jersey, a lethargic 3-0 loser to Ottawa on Wednesday, ended a three-game losing streak -- and, at least for one night, rumors Nieuwendyk might be traded.
Nieuwendyk, a former Stanley Cup star for Dallas, scored a day after Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello said he felt confident he was about to come out of his slump. Nieuwendyk hadn't scored since Nov. 2 against Chicago.
With Nieuwendyk finally contributing, the Devils ran the Penguins' losing streak to close to historical lengths.
This is the Penguins' second 10-game winless streak since the end of last season, when they went 0-8-1-1 in their final 10, but that streak included a tie.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Penguins have had only one longer winless streak in their 35-year history, an 11-game streak from Jan. 22, 1983, through Feb. 10, 1983, the year before Mario Lemieux arrived.
"It's difficult when you're making a lot of changes like we've been making," Lemieux said. "We're playing a lot of new guys and we keep making the same mistakes every night."
* CANADIENS 3, RANGERS 1: Jose Theodore stopped 41 shots, and Yanic Perreault scored two goals to lead visiting Montreal.
"When you have 42 shots that gives you a chance," Rangers Coach Bryan Trottier said. "We had some good rebounds. You can give credit to the goaltender."
* MAPLE LEAFS 2, LIGHTNING 1: Ed Belfour came within 96 seconds of his sixth shutout of the season as Toronto won on the road.
With goalie Kevin Hodson pulled for an extra skater, the Lightning spoiled Belfour's bid when Brad Richards scored with 1:36 remaining. Belfour, who made 29 saves, has allowed just 12 goals in nine road games.
"Belfour was the difference," Hodson said. "He played a phenomenal game. He's an elite goalie in the world, so you expect that from him."
* SENATORS 9, SHARKS 3: Magnus Arvedson scored twice, and Daniel Alfredsson had four assists to lead host Ottawa.
Despite being outshot 33-23, Ottawa had its highest scoring game of the season to win its second straight.
"After 10 minutes, I thought we would settle down, but we didn't," Sharks Coach Ron Wilson said. "You lose 2-1, you lose 9-3 -- you still lost."
* BLUE JACKETS 3, FLAMES 0: Marc Denis made 29 saves for his fifth career shutout, and Lasse Pirjeta scored twice as Columbus won at home.
Calgary returned to Columbus for the first time since March 16, when 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil was struck by a puck and died two days later.
* ISLANDERS 4, WILD 2: Minnesota native Mark Parrish scored two goals to lead visiting New York.
Parrish was born in Bloomington, Minn., and played college hockey at St. Cloud State in central Minnesota.
* CANUCKS 3, PREDATORS 1: Matt Cooke's two assists sparked visiting Vancouver to victory. The Predators outshot the Canucks 31-29.
"That has been the story all year," Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. "I wish we could bury a few more."
* AVALANCHE 2, OILERS 1: In Denver, Patrick Roy stopped 31 shots to help Tony Granato win his NHL coaching debut. Granato, who replaced Bob Hartley on Wednesday, was known as a feisty player in his 13 NHL seasons and that seemed to rub off on the Avalanche.
"The guys responded very well to me," said Granato, who had never coached before this season. "There was a lot of energy in the room, the leaders stood up and said what they had to say. I don't know that I had an impact at all."
* KINGS 5, MIGHTY DUCKS 4: Brad Chartrand tied the score with his second goal of the game and Bryan Smolinski converted on a power play with 2:29 left to lead host Los Angeles.
Craig Johnson and rookie Alexander Frolov scored second-period goals for the Kings, who ended the Ducks' five-game winning streak after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period.
* STARS 1, RED WINGS 1: Philippe Boucher's goal 4:43 into the third period lifted visiting Dallas to the tie.