Mocked all year for an ineffective and injury-plagued season -- and booed mercilessly by Buffalo Sabres fans -- Danny Briere was the difference for the Flyers in their 6-4 victory. Elevated from a fourth line assignment to a line with Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell, Briere scored two second-period goals to spark a Philly rally: a rebound slap shot past Patrick Lalime (25 saves) to tie the game and then a slapper from the slot to give the Flyers the lead and the momentum.
Brodeur is now just two shutouts away from matching Terry Sawchuk's career mark after blanking the Minnesota Wild, 4-0. Marty made 35 saves, improving to 9-1 with three shutouts since missing 50 games to injury. Patrik Elias had two goals for the Devils, who moved back into second in the East.
The bang-bang goals by Andy McDonald and Jay McClement in a 51-second span of the third period stunned the Calgary Flames, but Mason's 33-save effort was the backbone of the Blues' critical 3-2 road victory. He was brilliant when he needed to be, especially in a third-period save on the goal line, with Jarome Iginla in his face.
Honorable Mention: Matt Cullen and Chad LaRose (two goals) scored in the third period to rally the Carolina Hurricanes past a pesky New York Islanders team, 5-4. ... Calling his reception "more favorable than Pittsburgh," Marian Hossa scored his 36th goal of the season in his return to Atlanta, helping the Detroit Red Wings beat the Thrashers, 6-3. Of course, it does help when half the building is rooting for the Wings. Henrik Zetterberg had four assists in the win. ... Sidney Crosby (28) and Evgeni Malkin (33) scored first-period goals, as the Pittsburgh Penguins improved to 12-1-3 under interim coach Dan Bylsma with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. ... Ales Kotalik, one of the best shootout performers since the skills competition was implemented, tallied the final goal in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-4 shootout victory at the Chicago Blackhawks.
Did You Know?: The Flames had been 23-0-3 when leading after 40 minutes until the Blues' rally in the third.
Dishonorable Mention: Martin Skoula was a minus-3 in the Wild's loss to New Jersey. ... Garnet Exelby earned a 10-minute misconduct for being third-man-in during a fight between Atlanta's Nathan Oystrick and Detroit's Mikael Samuelsson. ... Jonathan Toews was stopped on a penalty shot and in the shootout by Dwayne Roloson (39 saves). ... Finally, is this un-penalized hit by Malkin (beware NSFW bubbles) on Wayne Simmonds of the Kings a clean shoulder or a head shot that deserves (according to some on the glorious HF Boards) some NHL discipline?