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Parise scores twice to hand Devils second straight win

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Zach Parise scored two goals and continued

his torrid play as the New Jersey Devils won their second

straight game with a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on


Parise now has 41 points in his last 31 games, and has scored in

17 of those. Coming off a breakout 32-goal and 65-point

campaign in 2007-08, the 24-year-old has 21 goals and 23

assists, placing him fifth in the NHL in points.

"We had to find a way to win," Parise said. "It wasn't a work

of art by any means, but we played well."

Brian Rolston and Jay Pandolfo also tallied and Scott Clemmensen

made 28 saves to help the Devils improve to 14-4-1 in their past

19 games.

Brad Boyes and David Backes each recorded a first-period goal

and Alex Steen added another with 28 seconds left in the

contest, but the Blues were unable to avoid their fourth loss in

five games.

"We failed to get the job done," Blues coach Andy Murray said.

"To sit where we're sitting right now and to continuously not

find a way doesn't sit well."

After Parise opened the scoring 62 seconds into the contest,

Boyes recorded his team-leading 18th goal of the season and

Backes followed 3 1/2 minutes later to give St. Louis a 2-1


"That was a nice way to get the game started," Parise said.

"Those are nice ones to get. You feel like you have your legs

right away."

Rolston tallied for the second consecutive contest to pull New

Jersey even 2:37 into the following session.

With the help of Clemmensen, the Devils held off several scoring

chances from the Blues, who held a 20-16 shots advantage through

the first 40 minutes of play. Parise then took care of the


"It was a tough road win," Clemmensen said. "It wasn't the

prettiest win for us, but we got the win nonetheless. You take

them any way you can get them."

The rising star gave New Jersey a lead it would not relinquish

by converting passes from captain Jamie Langenbrunner and

defenseman Bryce Salvador - a former Blues player - and lifting

a backhander over the shoulder of Manny Legace from in front of

the net with 5:41 left in the game.

"We need to find a way to win," Murray said. "How many games

have we lost in the last five minutes of the hockey game?"

Pandolfo provided his insurance goal just over two minutes later

by deflecting Mike Rupp's initial attempt while positioned on

the doorstep.

"We worked hard, but I don't think we worked smart," Devils

coach Brent Sutter said. "I don't think it was one of our

sharpest games mentally, but we found a way to win. The team we

played worked hard and we knew that."

Legace finished with 22 saves.

"It's frustrating, very frustrating," Legace said. "We're

playing great hockey. It just seems like it's one mistake and

the puck is in our net. We're playing well, it's just really

weird. I'm a karma-type guy and it's going to switch. Things

happen for a reason."



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