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Parise goal snaps Devils' six-game skid

ZACH Parise scored the game-winner in extra time to give the struggling New Jersey Devils a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

Parise's wrister at 1:21 into overtime snapped the Devils' six-game losing streak and pulled the team within two points of second place in the Eastern Conference.

"It was a great pass by (Travis Zajac), it was unbelievable," Parise told reporters. "(He) yelled at me to go there, so I did."

Parise added two assists of his own before scoring the winner, his team-leading 43rd goal of the year.

All-time game-winning goaltender Martin Brodeur conceded three goals but made seven saves after replacing Kevin Weekes, who was injured in the second period.

Brodeur was honored by the home crowd during a pre-game ceremony that celebrated his record-breaking 552nd win in goal last month. "It's been nice, but we want to just get back to winning," the 36-year-old said. "I don't like the attention that much - it's been great and it's been overwhelming."

Elsewhere in the National Hockey League, it was: Sabres 5, Capitals 4 (in overtime); Blackhawks 3, Predators 1; Thrashers 3, Panthers 1; Flyers 8, Maple Leafs 5; and Wild 4, Flames 0.

In Newark, New Jersey, Tampa Bay winger Martins Karsums leveled the score at 4-4 with a wrister at 14:06 in the third to send the contest into overtime.

The Lightning (24-36-18) took an early 2-0 lead on goals from Evgeny Artyukhin and rookie Steven Stamkos, who notched his seventh goal in nine games.

Jamie Langenbrunner scored twice for the Devils (48-26-4), putting the team ahead 3-2 at 18:29 in the second and 4-3 at 10:35 in the third.

Brendan Shanahan and Jay Pandolfo scored New Jersey's first two goals, while Ryan Malone tallied his 26th of the year for Tampa Bay, which has lost its last five matches.

Lightning leading goal scorer Vincent Lecavalier missed the game after having season-ending wrist surgery earlier in the day.

In Washington, the Capitals clinched their second straight Southeast Division title despite losing to Buffalo on Jason Pominville's breakaway goal 1:51 into overtime.

The point awarded for getting to overtime was enough to give the Capitals a nine-point cushion ahead of second-place Carolina, which has four games left.

Derek Roy, Drew Stafford, Clarke MacArthur and Maxim Afinogenov also scored for Buffalo, which is hanging onto faint hopes of earning a playoff berth in the East.


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