Martin Brodeur made 20 saves in what might have been his last game with the Devils, and Stephen Gionta scored the tiebreaking goal with under 37 seconds left to lift New Jersey to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night in Newark.
Adam Henrique, Marek Zidlicky, and Travis Zajac also had goals for the Devils (27-23-13), who closed within one point of Detroit (28-21-12).
Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith, and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings against Brodeur, who has been the subject of trade rumors leading up to Wednesday’s NHL dealing deadline.
‘‘We'll see what’s going to happen,’’ said Brodeur, who has a no-trade clause and stated he wasn’t asked to waive it.
Gionta put the Devils ahead for good when he tipped Mark Fayne’s point shot past Jimmy Howard for the winning goal. Howard finished with 25 saves.
Devils fans chanted Brodeur’s name during the national anthem and throughout the game.
‘‘It was great,’’ Brodeur said. ‘‘I didn’t expect that. I think [reporters] did a good job to kind of create maybe a sellout for the Devils. But definitely it was nice that the fans reacted like that.
‘‘I haven’t played since Jan. 7 here in this building. It’s been a while so I was happy to get back in here and play well enough to win.’’
Penguins 3, Predators 1 — Matt Niskanen scored his second goal of the game 7:29 into the third period, and visiting Pittsburgh beat Nashville to snap a three-game skid.
Niskanen and the Penguins helped ruin the return of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne in his first game since Oct. 22 following an E. coli infection in his surgically repaired left hip.
Chris Kunitz scored a goal, and Sidney Crosby had three assists to add to his NHL-leading point total. The Penguins have not lost more than three straight this season.
Patric Hornqvist scored for Nashville.
Blues 4, Lightning 2 — Alexander Steen got the go-ahead goal early in the third period and goalie Ryan Miller won his first home start in St. Louis’s win.
T.J. Oshie’s shorthanded goal tied it in the second period and he assisted on Steen’s 29th of the season for the Central Division leaders. Patrik Berglund started the comeback with his third goal in two games and Vladimir Tarasenko’s empty-net score clinched it with a half-minute to go.
Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson gave Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, a St. Louis native and former Blue, an early cushion against an opponent that’s had to come from behind in all four games since the Olympic break.
Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 2 — In Chicago, Tyson Barrie scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:10 left in the third period to lift Colorado to its third straight win.
The Avalanche reached the 40-victory mark faster than any team in franchise history.
Islanders 3, Jets 2 — Michael Grabner scored on a breakaway 3:53 into overtime as New York defeated host Winnipeg.
The Islanders also got a goal and assist from Anders Lee and a goal from Colin McDonald to end a two-game skid. Jets captain Andrew Ladd scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season, tying the game 2-2 with 5:07 left for Winnipeg, which had won its last two games.
Blue Jackets 4, Stars 2 — Artem Anisimov scored twice, including a late insurance goal, as host Columbus held off a third-period Dallas rally.
Columbus is tied for seventh with the Rangers in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are vying for only their second postseason appearance since joining the league in 2000.
Coyotes 1, Canucks 0 — Antoine Vermette scored late in the first period and Mike Smith stopped 23 shots as Phoenix won at home.
Oilers 3, Senators 2 — Ales Hemsky scored two goals to help host Edmonton snap a three-game losing streak.
Hurricanes 3, Sharks 2 — Jay Harrison scored at 4:18 of overtime to lift visiting Carolina over San Jose.