Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta scored 39 seconds apart in the third period to lift the surging New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night. Sergei Brylin also scored for the Devils and Martin Brodeur made 24 saves to help New Jersey extend its winning streak to seven. The victory gave the Devils 93 points. pulling them within two of the fifth-place Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference.
The St. Louis Blues retired the No. 2 jersey of standout defenceman Al MacInnis on Sunday.
The Blues honoured the native of Inverness, N.S., before their game against the Edmonton Oilers in a special ceremony that included tributes from current and former St. Louis players and video testimonials from the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman.
MacInnis, 42, retired on Sept. 9, 2005, with 340 career goals â€“ the third highest total by a defenceman.
Eye and shoulder injuries, along with the inactivity caused by the NHL lockout, forced MacInnis to walk away from the game.