Devils Edge Caps For Ninth Straight Win

Struggling Rangers and Islanders are both losers on the road
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2007 11:08 PM CST
Washington Capitals' Washington Capitals' Viktor Kozlov (25), of Russia, congratulates teammate Brooks Laich after Laich scored a third period goal against the New Jersey Devils during an NHL hockey game...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The New Jersey Devils honored Hall-of-Famer Scott Stevens before the game, then  reminded him of their three Stanley Cup seasons, defeating Washington, 3-2 for their ninth consecutive win. The Devils got two goals in a four-minute span in the first period against Capitals netminder Olaf Kolzig. Martin Brodeur made 23 saves for the win. Elsewhere on the frozen pond:

  • Florida netted two power play goals and the New York Islanders' offense disappeared again as the Panthers won 3-0. Tomas Vokoun had 25 saves for his 23rd career shutout. The Isles have lost five straight.
  • In a battle of backup goalies, Atlanta defeated the New York Rangers, with the game-winner coming from Slava Kozlov with five minutes left.