Zajac scores a career-best 3 goals, helps Devils take Panthers to the cleaners, 6-3
April 2, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
NEWARK, New Jersey -- Travis Zajac scored the first of his career-best three goals after just 12 seconds as the New Jersey Devils held on for a 6-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday after nearly blowing a three-goal lead
Zajac opened the barrage against Dan Ellis and then netted his second midway through New Jersey's three-goal first period. He completed his first NHL hat trick at 9:37 of the third.
Jaromir Jagr had a goal and three assists, and Ryane Clowe added a goal and two assists. Zajac also had an assist for the Devils, who are hoping a late-season rally can get them into the playoffs. New Jersey has seven games left.
Jacob Josefson scored the other Devils goal, and Cory Schneider stopped all 13 Florida shots he faced after replacing Martin Brodeur in the second period when New Jersey's lead was cut to 4-3.
Dmitry Kulikov, Brad Boyes and Brandon Pirri scored for Florida.
The Anaheim Ducks staged the biggest comeback in team history as Stephane Robidas scored 16 seconds into overtime to compete a comeback from four goals down to beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4.
Andrew Cogliano and Luca Sbisa assisted on Robidas' fifth goal of the season. Anaheim outshot the Jets 25-6 in the third period and outscored them 3-0 to force overtime.
Corey Perry tied it 4-4 with 22.7 seconds remaining in regulation, scoring his 39th goal after Anaheim pulled rookie goalie Frederik Andersen for an extra skater.
Nick Bonino cut the Ducks' deficit to 4-1 in the second period, and Ryan Getzlaf and Hampus Lindholm scored in the third to set up Perry's heroics. Andersen (18-5) stopped 32 shots.
Anaheim remained atop of the Pacific Division, three points ahead of San Jose with a game in hand.
Jacob Trouba, Matt Halischuk, Blake Wheeler and Eric Tangradi scored for Winnipeg.
Ottawa's Ales Hemsky scored the only goal of the shootout as the Senators edged the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1.
Craig Anderson stopped all three Carolina shooters, including Elias Lindholm with the final attempt, to earn the victory.
Mika Zibanejad scored in regulation for the Senators, and Anderson made 30 saves.
Jeff Skinner had the lone goal for Carolina.
At Los Angeles, Matt Moulson and Mikko Koivu scored 62 seconds apart in the third period, and Zach Parise connected on a power play for the Minnesota Wild, who rallied for a 3-2 victory that ended the Kings' six-game winning streak.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves for the Wild. It was the second time in eight games that the Kings lost in regulation when leading after two periods — something that happened only once in their previous 138 contests.
Alec Martinez and Justin Williams scored for Los Angeles.