Weekes, Devils stop Lightning
NEWARK, N.J.– One day after the New Jersey Devils learned Martin Brodeur will be sidelined for months, backup Kevin Weekes gave the team the kind of goaltending it will need to get by without him.
After allowing a shootout goal to Vincent Lecavalier, Weekes stopped Jussi Jokinen and Vaclav Prospal to give the Devils a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
Weekes is expected to be the Devils’ primary goalie in place of Brodeur, who will be sidelined until at least February after tearing a biceps tendon in his left elbow last weekend.
Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner scored in the shootout for New Jersey, which won for the second time in six games. The Devils also got goals from David Clarkson, Elias and Jay Pandolfo in regulation.
Jokinen scored twice for Tampa Bay and Martin St. Louis tied it late in the third period, but the Lightning’s three-game winning streak ended. Jokinen gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead with 3:32 remaining in the first period.
Evgeny Artyukhin set up the goal as he wheeled into the Devils zone, unloading a backhander on Weekes who blocked the shot. Mark Recchi fished out the rebound from the side of the net, feeding Jokinen who was alone in the slot.
Lecavalier had two close-in swipes in the second period, and Weekes made a left pad stop on the first. Lecavalier banked the rebound off the post.
Moments later, Mike Smith snared a sharp-angle shot from Elias.
The Devils, beaten 2-0 by Buffalo on Monday in their first game following Brodeur’s injury, ended a lengthy scoring drought with goals by Clarkson and Elias late in the second period.
Blue Jackets 5, Oilers 4
In Columbus, Ohio, Manny Malhotra tipped in a rebound with 1:09 left, making a winner of prized goalie prospect Steve Mason in his NHL debut and leading Columbus to a victory over Edmonton.
Raffi Torres, playing against his teammates from last season, had a shot from the right wing that goalie Dwayne Roloson blocked. Torres followed up by chipping a shot over Roloson while he was down in the crease. Malhotra then reached over to tip the puck into the net.
Mason, making his fourth professional start and first in the NHL, had 22 saves. He got the start because top goalie Pascal Leclaire is out with an ankle injury and backup Fredrik Norrena hurt his groin during the morning skate yesterday.
Stars sign Parrish
The Dallas Stars have signed right wing Mark Parrish, acquiring a former All-Star who played for the Minnesota Wild last season.
Parrish signed a one-year, $500,000 contract.
he 31-year-old winger played in 66 games with the Wild last season and had 16 goals and 14 assists. Minnesota bought out the final three years of Parrish’s contract in July, making him a salary-cap casualty. He’s been bothered by injuries and never fully gained the trust of Wild coach Jacques Lemaire.
Parrish was an All-Star in 2002. He has also played for the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings. For his career, he has 208 goals and 164 assists.