NEWARK, New Jersey — Scott Clemmensen had his second straight shutout after going nearly five years without one in the NHL, as the New Jersey Devils downed the Boston Bruins 1-0 in a clash of divisional leaders on Friday.
Bryce Salvador provided the sole goal — his first in 22 games — in the second period as the Devils edged the league leader.
Clemmensen, filling in for star goalie Martin Brodeur, is staking his claim for more playing time after Brodeur soon comes back from the elbow injury that has sidelined him most of the season.
Clemmensen recorded his first shutout since 2004 in Monday's win over the New York Rangers, and followed that up with 31 saves against the Bruins.
The Devils stretched their lead in the Atlantic Division to nine points.
Sabres 6, Sharks 5
In Buffalo, New York, Buffalo equalized with only four seconds of regulation time left, then went on to win the shootout against Western Conference leader San Jose.
Derek Roy scored the decisive shootout goal, and had a goal and an assist in regulation as Buffalo snuck past the Sharks.
It was an emotional occasion after a day in which 50 people were killed when a plane crashed into house in suburban Buffalo. The Sabres, who turned down the NHL's offer to postpone the game, had a moment of silence before the game.
Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 2
In Columbus, Ohio, Detroit's six-game winning streak was ended by Columbus.
Jason Williams scored the decisive goal with seven minutes to go. Williams, a former Detroit player, scored in his third straight game to help the Blue Jackets win their third in a row, boosting their chances of a first ever playoff appearance.
Panthers 2, Rangers 1, SO
In Sunrise, Florida, Richard Zednik scored the only goal in the shootout to give Florida victory over New York.
Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped all four New York attempts in the shootout. Coming off shutout at Carolina on Thursday, Vokoun made 34 saves.
The Rangers have won only one of their past seven.
Blues 1, Blackhawks 0
In St. Louis, Brad Boyes' goal in the first minute of the third period was enough for St. Louis to see off Chicago.
Goalie Chris Mason made 22 saves for the Blues, shutting out Chicago for the second straight time.
Stars 2, Canucks 1
In Dallas, Joel Lundqvist gave Dallas the lead for good with his first goal of the season, downing Vancouver.
Marty Turco made 32 saves for the Stars, who snapped the Canucks' four-game winning streak.
Canadiens 4, Avalanche 2
In Denver, Montreal ended its seven-game skid in road games with a close win over Colorado.
Andrei Kostitsyn scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:16 remaining, and goalie Jaroslav Halak was forced into 46 saves.
Montreal's previous win in Denver was more than 27 years ago against the Colorado Rockies, who later became the New Jersey Devils.