Adding misery to the Edmonton Oilers' 8-23-3 road record was Huselius' four-point night in a 5-3 Blue Jackets victory. Huselius scored his 19th goal of the year 6:36 into the third period to give Columbus a 4-2 lead. Just over a minute later, the Oilers' Aaron Johnson(notes) cut the lead to one as part of a wild opening eight minutes of the third that saw each team score twice. Huselius finished his night by recording his third assist on Antoine Vermette's(notes) empty-netter with 55 seconds remaining.
With another key Atlantic Division matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins looming Wednesday night, the Devils cut their deficit to two points with a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Brodeur not only made 34 saves in the win, but also added his 34th career assist on David Clarkson's(notes) first-period goal - his first tally since Nov. 16 after returning from a broken leg. The win was No. 595 in Brodeur's career and gave the Devils three wins in their last four games.
Homer had a rough start to Detroit's game against the Calgary Flames, but ended the night on a high, scoring the game-winning goal with 1:19 to go in the third period, giving the Red Wings an important 2-1 win. The victory increases Detroit's lead over Calgary for the eighth spot in the Western Conference to three points and it now finds itself breathing down the necks of the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators. Things didn't start out well for Holmstrom as he lost a skate blade just 30 seconds into the game:
Honorable mention: Columbus forward Derek Dorsett(notes) had two assists for the first multi-point game of his career ... Vermette finished a plus-4 and added two assists for a three-point night and set a personal career high for points in a season with his 55th ... Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin(notes) played in his 400th NHL game ... Tuukka Rask(notes) filled in admirably stopping 16 New Jersey shots after relieving Tim Thomas(notes), as the Bruins cut the Devils three-goal lead to one ... Jimmy Howard(notes) continued his campaign for the Calder Trophy, stopping 22 Calgary shots, including a Curtis Glencross(notes) penalty shot with the Flames up 1-0, for his 27th win of the season.
Did you know? Edmonton is 1-14-1 on the road since Dec. 15. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: With Edmonton's loss to Columbus, poor Devan Dubnyk(notes) remains winless as an NHL goaltender. His record fell to 0-8-2 ... The Oilers' power play also gets a thumbs down, going 0-for-5 with the extra man ... The trio of Mike Comrie(notes), Ryan Whitney(notes) and Tom Gilbert(notes) finished minus-3 ... Tim Thomas continued a frustrating season allowing three goals on nine shots in the opening period before being pulled.