PHILADELPHIA -- Tempers flared and a little blood was spilled, but from all reports, no one was bitten.
After all the goals and penalties had been added up, the New Jersey Devils had climbed back into first place in the Atlantic Division. They continued their dominance of the Philadelphia Flyers with their biggest offensive output in nearly two years and tied a team record by scoring five power-play goals in a 7-3 triumph Tuesday night at Wachovia Center.
Zach Parise and Patrik Elias each scored two goals and defenseman Johnny Oduya contributed a career-high four points on a goal and three assists as the Devils leapfrogged one point ahead of Pittsburgh into first in the division and two points ahead of the Flyers.
"You want to be in that position, especially in your division," Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said. "We've got one more game to go before the (All-Star) break and want to go into the break in first."
The Flyers had won four in a row and were 10-1-1 in their previous 12. The Devils have beaten the Flyers five times in a row and are 15-1-1 in their last 17 meetings.
RANGERS 4, THRASHERS 0, at New York -- Jaromir Jagr scored and had two assists on a newly created line, and defenseman Fedor Tyutin helped set up three goals for New York.
RED WINGS 3, KINGS 0, at Los Angeles -- Chris Osgood made 27 saves in his third shutout this season.
PANTHERS 5, SENATORS 3, at Sunrise, Fla. -- All-Star Tomas Vokoun stopped 43 shots, Tanner Glass scored his first NHL goal and Nathan Horton had four assists for Florida.
CANADIENS 8, BRUINS 2, at Montreal -- Tom Kostopoulos scored 14 seconds into the game and Maxim Lapierre got Montreal's fourth goal of the opening period with 3 seconds remaining.
ISLANDERS 6, HURRICANES 3, at Raleigh, N.C. -- Mike Sillinger scored two of New York's three short-handed goals.
LIGHTNING 4, OILERS 3, at Tampa, Fla. -- Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists to help Tampa Bay snap a five-game home losing streak.
FLAMES 2, WILD 1, at Calgary, Alberta -- Craig Conroy scored the go-ahead goal at 8:36 of the third period to help Calgary take over first place in the Northwest Division.
BLUE JACKETS 4, STARS 2, at Dallas -- Rookie defenseman Kris Russell scored his first two NHL goals, including the tiebreaker on a power play with 6:15 left, and Columbus rallied to stop Dallas.
PREDATORS 4, AVALANCHE 0, at Denver -- Dan Ellis stopped 39 shots and Martin Erat scored two goals to lead Nashville.