Devils Dump Sparkless Lightning in OT

Oilers edge Jackets while Thrashers snap eight-game losing skid
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2008 10:52 PM CST
Devils Dump Sparkless Lightning in OT
New Jersey Devils' Sheldon Brookbank (8), Zach Parise (9), and Michael Rupp surround Patrik Elias (26) after he scored the winning goal to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in overtime Friday night, March 7, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)   (Associated Press)

New Jersey took a slim lead in the Eastern Conference thanks to an overtime goal by Patrik Elias on an odd-man rush in a 2-1 win over hapless Tampa Bay. Zach Parise scored the other Devils goal while Martin Brodeur, with only 21 saves, got his 37th win this season and 531st of his career. Michel Ouellet had Tampa's goal. Elsewhere:

  • Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano scored in overtime to give the Oilers a 2-1 win over Columbus, which had tied the game with 0.8 seconds in regulation.
  • Atlanta got its first win since Feb. 15 as Johan Hedberg made 37 saves and was perfect in the shootout of a 3-2 victory. Erik Christensen had the only marker in the extra session.
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