EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jeff Friesen gave all the credit to Michael Rupp for his unassisted winning goal.
Friesen scored with 5:27 left Saturday to give the Stanley Cup champion Devils a 4-3 victory over the Avalanche.
"Michael drove to the net and backed the defense up," Friesen said. "It froze their goalie, with that big body going to the net. I got it on net, and it found a way to go in off the post."
Friesen picked up the puck in the neutral zone and skated into the Colorado zone. He pulled up at the top of the right circle and shot past goaltender David Aebischer.
The goal capped a frantic third period that started tied at 2. New Jersey took a 3-2 lead on White's goal at 9:30, only to see Hedjuk pull Colorado even at 13:51. Friesen got the winner 42 seconds later.
"We got a little bit sloppy in the third," Aebischer said. "That wound up costing us in the end."
Scott Niedermayer, Scott Gomez and Colin White also scored for the Devils.
Colorado's Teemu Selanne returned after missing a game with a swollen knee but Peter Forsberg sat out with a groin injury and is day to day.
PENGUINS 3, BRUINS 2 (OT): Host Pittsburgh overcame a two-goal deficit and won on rookie Ryan Malone's goal 2:10 into overtime.
Mario Lemieux injured his hip and left after one period. He was withheld from the final two periods as a precaution, the team said during the game. Afterward, the Penguins didn't provide an update and there was no indication if he could play Tuesday in Toronto. Lemieux hasn't missed a game since Pittsburgh's final game last season.
In the third, Boston's Joe Thornton was called for roughing defenseman Dan Focht, and Fata converted the rebound of a Dick Tarnstrom slap shot 23 seconds later to tie it.
"The offensive guys can't play their style. But what can you do? You're not in charge of the officials," Thornton said. " ... It's unfortunate hockey is going this way now. You'd think somebody at the league office would kind of wonder what's going on with the officiating, but nobody's throwing any questions up. I've seen enough, that's for sure."
ISLANDERS 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 1: Alexei Yashin scored the third goal on just the eighth shot for host New York to chase goalie Martin Gerber, who started a fourth straight game. Giguere relieved after Yashin's goal, his first action since Oct.24, and had 11 saves on 12 shots. Mighty Ducks defenseman Keith Carney played his first game of the season after recovering from a broken right foot.
FLYERS 7, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Michal Handzus, Kim Johnsson and Justin Williams scored in the first eight minutes to lead visiting Philadelphia. The loss was especially embarrassing to Toronto, which was eliminated by the Flyers in the first round of last season's playoffs. Philadelphia beat Toronto 6-1 in Game 7 of that series. The Maple Leafs, losers of three in a row, were booed throughout.
RANGERS 5, CANADIENS 1: Dominic Moore had three assists in his league debut and Jamie Lundmark and Martin Rucinsky each had a goal and an assist to lead visiting New York. Moore, recalled Friday from AHL Hartford, earned his first NHL point when he assisted on Lundmark's goal 18:05 into the second to put New York up 2-1.
SENATORS 1, SABRES 1: Daniel Alfredsson got a power-play goal midway through the second for host Ottawa. James Patrick scored four minutes into the second for Buffalo.
SHARKS 6, PANTHERS 2: Center Alyn McCauley, a prolific scorer in juniors, had a career-best three goals for visiting San Jose. "In junior I had a few of them," he said of his hat trick, "but it's been a while." McCauley led the Ontario Hockey League in 1996-97 with 56 goals but had 38 in 330 NHL games coming in.
BLACKHAWKS 3, BLUES 2: Jocelyn Thibault made 31 saves and Steve Sullivan scored the go-ahead goal in a three-goal second period for visiting Chicago. Travis Moen got his first career goal and Nathan Dempsey also scored in the second for the Blackhawks, who scored three total in the previous three games.
STARS 1, PREDATORS 1: Rob DiMaio tied it in the second for Dallas. Greg Johnson gave host Nashville a 1-0 lead in the first. Nashville's David Legwand had a breakaway against Marty Turco with 29 seconds left in overtime but failed to get his shot off.
WILD 2, CAPITALS 1: Andrew Brunette scored for the third consecutive game for host Minnesota. Wes Walz also scored for the Wild. Minnesota right wing Marian Gaborik, who signed Friday, was held out because he hasn't been with the team all season.
FLAMES 3, BLUE JACKETS 0: Jordan Leopold had his first two goals of the season, both in the first, and Jamie McLennan had 15 saves for host Calgary. Steve Reinprecht assisted on both of Leopold's goals, one on the power play to open the scoring 4:16 in.