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NHL roundup: Canadiens staggering to the finish

Patrik Elias scored his 375th NHL goal, Martin Brodeur made 19 saves for his 669th victory, and the Devils earned a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night in Newark.

New Jersey, which was eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, dealt a blow to Montreal’s hopes of winning the Northeast Division. The Devils (18-18-10) won for the third time in four games following a 10-game losing streak.

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The sputtering Canadiens (27-14-5) lost for the fifth time in six games. They are tied with the Bruins in the Northeast but have only two games remaining. The Bruins have three.

Elias gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period, Jacob Josefson netted his first of the season in the opening frame, and Steve Sullivan made it 3-0 in the second.

Max Pacioretty and Lars Eller both had second-period goals for Montreal.

The Devils took the lead with a power-play goal. Just 17 seconds after Rene Bourque went off for interference, New Jersey took advantage. Marek Zidlicky sent a pass to Travis Zajac, who found Elias skating in alone on goalie Carey Price. Elias fired a wrist shot past Price for his 14th goal of the season.

The Devils made it 2-0 with an even-strength goal with 2:24 left in the first. Josefson scored off a mad scramble in front, poking the puck past Price.

Capitals 5, Jets 3 — Host Washington clinched the Southeast Division title, completing a stark turnaround in a lockout-shortened season.

Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 31st goal, John Erskine cleared two shots off the goal line, and Braden Holtby made 24 saves for the Capitals, who have won 10 of 11 to secure a playoff berth with two games to spare.

Sharks 3, Stars 2 — Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored goals 30 seconds apart late in the third period to help host San Jose clinch its ninth straight playoff berth with a come-from-behind victory over Dallas.

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3 — New York clinched a playoff spot despite its shootout loss to host Carolina. Dan Ellis made 36 saves for the Hurricanes.

Panthers 3, Rangers 2 — Marcel Goc and Drew Shore scored third-period goals in Sunrise, Fla, and Florida prevented New York from clinching an playoff berth.

Blues 3, Avalanche 1 — Chris Stewart reached career milestones of 100 goals and 100 assists and host St. Louis clinched a playoff berth with two games to spare, beating Colorado.

Sabres 4, Penguins 2— Thomas Vanek scored twice and Ryan Miller stopped 40 shots for visiting Buffalo.

Wild 2, Kings 1 — Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck scored 16 seconds apart late in the first period, helping Minnesota break its five-game home losing streak.

Predators 4, Flames 3 — Austin Watson and Matt Halischuk scored 1:23 apart in the third period to lead host Nashville over Calgary.

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