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Cats Drop 4-2 Decision vs. Devils

Saturday, 11.11.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats Drop 4-2 Decision vs. Devils

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -The power play finally came alive for the New Jersey Devils.

Patrik Elias and Zach Parise scored man-advantage goals in the first period to spark the Devils to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Sergei Brylin and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored to help the Devils break out of a collective scoring slump.

The struggling power play keyed the outburst. After going 2-for-29 with the man advantage in the previous five games, the Devils went 3-for-7 against the Panthers.

"It was just finding the way in," Elias said. "We were shooting the puck and we were in good position for the rebounds. That's the way it goes sometimes. We were getting the wins and that's the important thing. Tonight the power play helped us."

Martin Brodeur made 18 saves for the Devils, winners of four straight and six of the last seven.

"The goals are nice," Langenbrunner said. "We worry about playing our game and the goals will come or they don't come. The power play had been struggling pretty bad. The goals might help us loosen up the grip on our sticks a little bit."

Stephen Weiss and Chris Gratton scored for the Panthers who dropped their third in a row.

Elias, mired in a deep slump, opened the scoring at 5:36 by knocking in a rebound for his third goal. The Devils' captain had gone five games without a point and the tally was only his second in the last 14 games.

Parise gave the Devils a 2-0 lead at 17:02, taking a pass from John Madden and whipping the puck past Eddie Belfour.

In the second, Brylin scored on a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity to give the Devils a 3-0 lead at 1:27.

Florida's Weiss countered with a score at 6:46 before Langenbrunner closed out the scoring in the period at 11:50.

In the third, Gratton roofed a hard shot from the left circle under the crossbar at 8:02 to trim the New Jersey advantage to 4-2.

Panthers general manager and coach Jacques Martin pointed to the penalties that led to Devils goals as his teams downfall.

"Their three goals on the power play was the difference in the hockey game," Martin said. "The bottom line was too many penalties."

Notes: Gratton returned to the Panthers after missing Friday's 5-4 overtime loss in Buffalo for the birth of his second child. ... The Devils extended their home winning streak over the Panthers to five. ... The Devils made shorter work of the Panthers after shootout victories in their last two.

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