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Devils snap 3-game skid, beat Wild

March 21, 2014
Associated Press

By Tom Canavan

AP Sports Writer

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Andy Greene scored from in close 2 minutes into overtime and the Devils snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night in Zach Parise's first game back in New Jersey against his former teammates.

Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias each had three assists and combined to set up the game-winner for New Jersey, which blew a two-goal third-period lead.

Michael Ryder, Mark Fayne and Jaromir Jagr also scored for New Jersey, which played with a lot more energy with their playoff hopes fading in the wake of the losing streak.

Parise, Mikael Granlund and Matt Cooke tallied for the Wild, who have points in 17 of 21 games.

Elias carried the puck from his own zone into the Wild end in overtime and sent a pass through the crease that Henrique nudged toward goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Greene got the rebound and scored the game winner.

The Wild rallied from two goals in the third period to tie the game at 3-all on goals by Granlund and Cooke.

Granlund closed the gap to 3-2, beating Schneider with a bad-angle shot from low in the left circle midway through the period.

Cooke tied the game with 4:32 to play, unloading a slap shot 2 seconds after a penalty to Travis Zajac expired.

Limited to 10 shots in the first 40 minutes, the Wild scored three times in the third period to rally from a 2-0 deficit.

Parise, who was booed every time he touched the puck, got the Wild on the scoreboard with a power-play goal when he deflected a shot by Ryan Suter.

Ryder opened the scoring with 3:02 left in the first, snapping a 23-game goal drought by taking a pass from Elias and ripping a shot past Bryzgalov from between the circles.

The Devils had a chance to add to their lead when Wild defenseman Nate Prosser was given a somewhat iffy five-minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing Devils forward Tim Sestito behind the Minnesota net.

Minnesota, however, had a great chance to tie the game early in the major when Parise had a breakaway after defenseman Jon Merrill fell at the Wild blue line. Parise skated in alone and Cory Schneider smothered his shot with his stomach.

Minnesota survived the power play, but New Jersey went up 2-0 midway through the second period on Fayne's short-handed goal, which was set up by Henrique and Elias.

Parise's 24th goal of the season cut the deficit to 2-1, but Jagr got his 23rd of the season a little more than three minutes later on a power play.

NOTES: The Devils dressed seven defensemen after making forwards Damien Brunner and Steve Bernier healthy scratches. ... Sestito had to be helped off the ice after the major penalty and he did not return.

 
 

 

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