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Scores, shutouts high in NHL

Goals and shutouts were plentiful in the NHL.

New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, Carolina's Arturs Irbe, Dallas' Ed Belfour and Edmonton's Tommy Salo all posted shutouts in victories Wednesday night.

Mike Dunham of Nashville and Jamie McLennan of Minnesota had to settle for a draw with shutouts in the same game.

Brodeur needed to stop only 11 shots as the Devils won their team-record 12th straight game — five short of the NHL mark set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins — and remained unbeaten against the New York Rangers in 23 contests with a 4-0 victory.

Belfour benefited from four goals by Brett Hull as Dallas beat visiting Anaheim 8-0. Salo, selected earlier in the day to the Swedish Olympic hockey team, was sharp in Edmonton's 7-0 win at Los Angeles. Irbe made David Tanabe's goal stand up in Carolina's 1-0 home victory over Buffalo.

The Rangers, who will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season, are quite familiar being the Devils' foil. Lately, they've had plenty of company in that role.

"They just beat us," Rangers captain Mark Messier said. "It's our turn to eat some crow. They've got an excellent hockey club. They're on top of their game right now. They flat out beat us."

Brodeur said only three of New York's season-low 11 shots even tested him. That was perfect for the Devils, who played at home for the first time after a perfect five-game road trip.

Alexander Mogilny and Jason Arnott scored second-period goals 92 seconds apart for the Devils. Arnott and Scott Stevens added goals in the third period for the Eastern Conference leaders.

HURRICANES 1, SABRES 0: Irbe stopped 26 shots for his sixth shutout of the season as host Carolina snapped Buffalo's four-game winning streak and moved four points ahead of Boston for the eighth playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

PANTHERS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Kevyn Adams scored twice and Pavel Bure recorded his league-leading 56th goal in Florida's victory over Toronto.

BLUE JACKETS 1, CANUCKS 1: Chris Nielsen, called up earlier in the day, scored the equalizer in the third period as Columbus tied Vancouver.

LIGHTNING 4, THRASHERS 3: Brad Richards scored with 6:15 remaining to lift Tampa Bay over Atlanta.

PREDATORS 0, WILD 0: It was the second time this season the expansion Wild played a 0-0 game, and the first in franchise history for Nashville.

STARS 8, MIGHTY DUCKS 0: Belfour made 17 saves for his eighth shutout of the season and 57th of his career.

SENATORS 5, COYOTES 2: Magnus Arvedson scored twice during a four-goal first period as Ottawa won at Phoenix.

OILERS 7, KINGS 0: Salo made 28 saves and Mike Comrie scored twice as Edmonton won at Los Angeles.