Brodeur, Devils Down Sharks 3-2

Vanek's hat trick leads Sabres past Lightning, Isles top Caps in shootout
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 11:13 PM CST
New Jersey Devils' John Madden, back, raises his arms after scoring a goal past San Jose Sharks' goalie Thomas Greiss (1) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) in the second period during an NHL hockey game at...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The New Jersey Devils scored three goals in the second period and beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Sergei Brylin scored the third goal of the pivotal period just 1:10 after John Madden had scored. New Jersey has now won three straight and five of their last six. Conversely San Jose is now on a season-worst five-game slide, reports the Associated Press. Elsewhere in the NHL:

  • Thomas Vanek had a hat trick as Buffalo came from behind to defeat Tampa Bay in overtime. One of Vanek’s goals was the game-winner in the extra period.
  • The New York Islanders won their season-best fifth straight game, defeating the Washington Capitals 3-2 in a shootout. Mike Comrie scored the only goal in the shootout.