NEWARK, N.J. – Travis Zajac scored the first of his career-best three goals just 12 seconds in, and the New Jersey Devils held on for a 6-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night 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.
Brodeur stopped only six of nine shots, but was credited with the win.
Dmitry Kulikov, Brad Boyes and Brandon Pirri scored for Florida, which lost for the sixth time in seven games. Ellis faced 32 shots, including 18 in the first period.
SENATORS 2, HURRICANES 1, SO
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP)—Ales Hemsky scored the only goal of the shootout, and Ottawa edged Carolina.
Hemsky fired a shot off the post and into the net behind Cam Ward in the second round to give the Senators their third straight win and fourth in fifth games.
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, which got 28 saves from Ward before the shootout.
WILD 3, KINGS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Matt Moulson and Mikko Koivu scored 62 seconds apart in the third period, and Zach Parise connected on a power play for Minnesota, which rallied and snapped Los Angeles’ 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, both capitalizing on turnovers by defenceman Jared Spurgeon in his zone. Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots.
Moulson tied it with 16:06 remaining, using Martinez as a screen and beating Quick for his 22nd goal. Koivu made it 3-2 with his 10th on a one-timer from the top of the left circle.
DUCKS 5, JETS 4, OT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Stephane Robidas scored 16 seconds into overtime, and Anaheim staged the biggest comeback in team history by rallying from four goals down to beat Winnipeg.
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.
The Ducks (49-18-8) established a franchise record for most wins in a season.
Anaheim remained atop of the Pacific Division, three points ahead of idle San Jose with a game in hand. The Ducks trail Western Conference-leading St. Louis by one point.
Jacob Trouba, Matt Halischuk, Blake Wheeler and Eric Tangradi scored for Winnipeg.