Could the Knicks be on the verge of becoming relevant again? Their schedule hasn't been the most difficult, but they have still won seven straight with a101-95 win over the Wizards in Washington. Amar'e Stoudemire had 36 points -- his seventh straight 30-point game -- and 10 rebounds. He is the first Knick since Willie Naulls in 1962 to have seven straight 30-point games. the Knicks have won seven straight for the first time since 2000--01. Their eight-game road winning streak is the second-longest in team history. They are now 15-9 and firmly entrenched in second place in the Atlantic Division. (After all, they're the only team besides the Celtics over .500. T he next few games will tell people more about the Knicks -- they will face Denver, Boston and then Miami at home.

On the ice, the Devils wasted Martni Brodeur's return with a 3-2 loss in Ottawa. (Two local teams played Friday, and both played in a nation's capital.) Brodeur, who played for the first time since an elbow injury forced him to miss eight games, made 26 saves but also let in three goals. The Devils, losers of four straight, got goals from Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus.