New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 1: Patrik Elias scored two goals and Henrik Tallinder one for the Devils, 5-0-1 in the last six games. The Flyers failed in their first attempt to become the first expansion-era team to hit 1,000 home victories.
Chicago 4, Detroit 1: Tomas Kopecky scored twice and Corey Crawford made 36 saves for the Blackhawks, 5-0-1 in their last six games.
Boston 6, Colorado 2: Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand each scored twice and the Bruins took advantage of two goals going in off skates of Avs defensemen.
Washington 4, Toronto 1: Alex Ovechkin had his first three-goal game of the season for the Capitals. Ovechkin, who hadn't scored more than one goal in a game since Oct. 30, raised his career total to 22 goals in 22 games against the Leafs.
Anaheim 4, Montreal 3 (SO): Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout and the Ducks recovered in ex-Habs' captain Saku Koivu's emotional return to the Bell Centre.
Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 2: Dustin Jeffrey, Mark Letestu and Pascal Dupuis scored and the Pens posted their first win without injured stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
N.Y. Rangers 3, Atlanta 2 (SO): Mats Zuccarello scored in a shootout, Brian Boyle's goal forced overtime with 5:19 left in regulation, and the Rangers rallied.
Columbus 5, St. Louis 2: Blue Jackets won in regulation in St. Louis for just the second time in their last 12 visits, the first being March 27, 2007.
Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 3: Justin Williams scored his 18th goal to start an opening flurry and Jarret Stoll added a goal with a sprawling shot in the third period for the Kings.
Around the rinks
AHL: Portland 5, Providence 2: Mark Mancari scored two of his three goals in the third period and Dennis Persson added a final-period score for the Pirates.
Alternates named: Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler will serve as alternate captains under Eric Staal for the Jan. 30 All-Star game, while forwards Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis will assist Nicklas Lidstrom.
From News and wire service reports.