Islanders latest to deny Brodeur 500th victory

NEWARK, N.J. -- Josef Vasicek's short-handed goal in the second period lifted the New York Islanders over New Jersey 1-0 on Friday night and prevented Devils goalie Martin Brodeur from reaching 500 wins.

Brodeur failed in his third try to become the second goaltender in NHL history to record 500 wins, behind Patrick Roy's 551.

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro got his second shutout of the season and beat New Jersey for the third time. DiPietro stopped 26 shots, while Brodeur stopped 25.

New York snapped a two-game losing streak and has won five of its past seven games.

New Jersey has dropped five of its past seven and has scored 11 goals in that span.

STARS 6, AVALANCHE 1, at Dallas -- Jussi Jokinen scored four goals, including a second-period hat trick in about 7 minutes, and Dallas ended a four-game home losing streak. The last four-goal game by a Stars player was in March 2000 by Brett Hull, who this week became an interim co-general manager for the struggling team after GM Doug Armstrong was fired.

SABRES 4, CANADIENS 1, at Buffalo, N.Y. -- Clarke MacArthur scored twice and Ryan Miller made 36 saves to give Buffalo a win over Montreal that snapped the Sabres' season-long tying three-game losing streak.

BLUES 3, BLUE JACKETS 2, at St. Louis -- Paul Kariya scored in the first period and set up Brad Boyes' go-ahead goal with 2:27 to go to lift St. Louis. The Blues broke through against Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire, who shut them out twice earlier in the season.

LIGHTNING 5, CAPITALS 2, at Tampa, Fla. -- Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and two assists to extend his team record for consecutive multipoint games to seven to help Tampa Bay win its fifth straight. Lecavalier has six goals and 13 assists during the streak.

CANUCKS 6, WILD 2, at Vancouver, British Columbia -- Six different players scored and Vancouver's offense finally broke out. Averaging a league-low 1.67 goals a game on home ice, the Canucks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 16:32, matching their goal total from the previous four home games combined.

THRASHERS 3, HURRICANES 0, at Raleigh, N.C. -- Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist to lead Atlanta past Carolina. Johan Hedberg made 31 saves for his 11th career shutout.

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