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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE: Team doctor Andrew Parker said it remains uncertain whether Moore will able to return to hockey after surviving a broken neck

Colorado forward Steve Moore has been released from a hospital and faces weeks of Rehabilitation following a hit by Vancouver’s Todd Bertuzzi that broke his neck.

Moore, 25, was released from a Denver-area hospital late Monday. He is expected to wear a neck brace for six to 12 weeks and his Physical Therapy will begin after he recovers from the concussion and neck injury.

Moore broke two Vertebrae in his neck and nerves were stretched, but there was no paralysis or evidence of spinal cord trauma. He also suffered a concussion and deep facial cuts when Bertuzzi hit him from behind and drove him to the ice during a March 8 game in Vancouver.

Bertuzzi was suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs, and will have to apply for reinstatement before next season. The hit was believed to be retribution for a February check by Moore that forced Vancouver star Markus Naslund to miss three games.

The Avalanched also announced that center Peter Forsberg was expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday night against Chicago. He missed 17 games with an abdominal and groin injury that has hampered him all season.

Devils 4, Panthers 3

Martin Brodeur became the youngest goaltender to win 400 games when Scott Niedermayer scored with 1:05 left in overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers.

“The scary thing about Martin is that there is a lot more left,” Devils coach Pat Burns said. “He loves the game and he works hard at it and he’s only 31 years old.”

Turner Stevenson, Brian Gionta and former Panther Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Devils, who clinched their eighth consecutive playoff appearance with the victory.

Brodeur made 21 saves Tuesday to reach the Milestone after failing in two attempts. The 31-year-old accomplished the feat in fewer games than anybody else. Over all, Brodeur is 400-215-105 in 12 seasons. Patrick Roy is the all-time leader with 551 wins.

“I take a lot of pride in winning hockey games,” Brodeur said. “Stats are good, but wins really show the success you have. When I look at my years, I always look at wins.”

Lyle Odelein scored twice for the Panthers, and Vaclav Nedorost also scored.

Roberto Luongo finished with 46 saves, including 23 in the third period when the Panthers were outshot 24-4.

Islanders 3, Capitals 0

In Uniondale, New York, Rick DiPietro made 17 saves for his second straight shutout, and Alexei Yashin had a goal and assist in the New York Islanders victory over Washington.

DiPietro stretched his shutout streak to 136 minutes, 58 seconds, dating to Friday’s 3-1 victory over Minnesota. He blanked Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay 3-0 on Sunday, and then stymied the Capitals to complete a three-game homestand sweep.

The Islanders extended their lead over Buffalo to eight points in the race for eighth place in the East. New York has six games remaining, while Buffalo will play seven.

Yashin set up Roman Hamrlik’s goal in the first period, distracted Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig on Adrian Aucoin’s score in the second, and netted his 13th goal just 1:17 later to make it 3-0.

Bruins 4, Senators 2

In Boston, Glen Murray scored his 30th goal of the season and added an assist, and Andrew Raycroft stopped 28 shots to lead Boston over Ottawa.

Travis Green, Sergei Samsonov and Nick Boynton also scored for Boston, which moved three points ahead of Toronto and four in front of Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead.

Martin Havlat and Jason Spezza scored for Ottawa.

Penguins 5, Rangers 2

In New York, Lasse Pirjeta had two goals and an assist and Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 35 saves for Pittsburgh, which defeated the New York Rangers.

Milan Kraft, Rico Fata and Kostantin Koltsov also scored for the Penguins, 8-1-1 in their last 10 contests. Three of those victories were over the Rangers.

Jaromir Jagr and Thomas Pock, playing in his first NHL game, scored for New York which dropped its seventh straight game.

Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 2

In Toronto, Fredrik Modin and Dave Andreychuk scored power-play goals, and the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay routed Toronto.

Brad Lukowich, Ruslan Fedotenko, Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin Cibak also scored for the Lightning, who remained one point ahead of Philadelphia and two in front of Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference with 99 points.

Martin St. Louis picked up three assists to give him 89 points, tops in the NHL, and a new franchise high for the Lightning.

Flyers 4, Hurricanes 2

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Branko Radivojevic had a goal and an assist, and Simon Gagne also scored to lead Philadelphia to victory that ended Carolina’s NHL playoff hopes.

Carolina was eliminated when the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-0.

Philadelphia’s Sean Burke stopped 26 shots to pick up his 303rd win, moving him past Turk Broda and into 18th place on the NHL’s career list. Patrick Sharp and Marcus Ragnarsson had the other goals for Philadelphia.

Bret Hedican and Craig Adams scored for the Hurricanes, who have won just one of their last seven home games. Kevin Weekes made 21 saves for Carolina.

Mighty Ducks 4, Predators 1

In Nashville, Tennessee, Sandis Ozolinsh had a power-play goal and Petr Sykora also scored as Anaheim beat Nashville for its fourth victory in five games.

Vaclav Prospal added a goal and an assist, Sergei Fedorov scored an empty-netter and Steve Rucchin had a pair of assists for Anaheim, which avoided being swept in the four-game season series between the teams.

The Predators had plenty of chances but went 1-for-9 on the power play and 0-for-5 in the third period.

Blackhawks 2, Avalanche 2

In Denver, Tyler Arnason scored Chicago’s second goal of the third period with 1:40 left and Michael Leighton stopped 41 shots, helping the Blackhawks pull out a tie with Colorado.

Colorado scored just four goals in an 0-3 road trip last week, but seemed to get a spark from Peter Forsberg’s return after he missed 17 games with a groin injury. He had an assist on Colorado’s first goal, scored by Matthew Barnaby.

Steve Konowalchuk also scored for the Avalanche. Jim Vandermeer scored for the Blackhawks and Tommy Salo made 28 saves.

Sharks 5, Red Wings 2

In San Jose, California, Jonathan Cheechoo scored two goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 37 shots to lead San Jose to victory over Detroit in a meeting of division leaders.

Scott Hannan and Alex Korolyuk also scored for the Sharks, who clinched a playoff berth in their remarkable comeback season.

Vincent Damphousse had a goal and an assist, giving him 1,200 career points as the Sharks capitalized on Curtis Joseph’s ankle injury during the pregame skate to pound Detroit backup goalie Manny Legace for five goals on just 20 shots.

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