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Devils 5, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 5, Senators 1
Ottawa Senators 1, New Jersey Devils 5

NEWARK, N.J. - Patrik Elias had two goals and two assists to help the surging New Jersey Devils beat the slumping Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Friday night.

Zach Parise had four assists, Brian Gionta, Johnny Oduya and Travis Zajac also scored, and Scott Clemmensen, ably subbing for the injured Martin Brodeur, made 24 saves in the Devils' 11th win in their last 14 games. Clemmensen, making his first career start against Ottawa, is 10-1-1 in his last 12 decisions.

Jarkko Ruutu scored for Ottawa. The Senators are 1-4-1 in their last six games.

Gionta and Oduya gave New Jersey a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Gionta scored 40 seconds in, tipping Paul Martin's point shot past Alex Auld.

Early goals have become a Devils' specialty. It was the third straight game in which New Jersey scored in the first two minutes, setting a team record.

Oduya scored on a power play at 14:28. Parise had the puck deep in the Ottawa zone when he spotted Oduya charging the net from the left point. Parise threaded a well-timed pass to the onrushing Oduya for the score.

The Senators, mired in an offensive slump, got a second-period goal from an unlikely source. Ruutu's short-handed tally at 8:37 was only Ottawa's fifth goal in the last five games. In desperation, Senators coach Craig Hartsburg broke up his big line of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley. It didn't help.

The Devils reclaimed the two-goal lead at 3-1 in the closing seconds of the period when Elias knocked in Parise's rebound for New Jersey's second power-play score.

Zajac scored at 12:09 of the third before Elias' closed it out with his second at 14:39 as the Devils opened a 5-1 lead on their third power-play goal of the game.

Notes: Clemmensen's only previous appearance against the Senators came in relief of Martin Brodeur on Oct. 21, 2006, giving up two goals in an 8-1 loss ... The Ottawa scratches were Jesse Winchester (upper body injury) and Ilya Zubov (an expired travel visa that kept him in Canada) ... Auld was back in goal for Ottawa after Martin Gerber started three of the last four, including the last two. Auld is 0-4-0 against New Jersey ... The Senators return home to face the Dallas Stars on Saturday night at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., no TV, Team 1200). Fewer than 500 tickets remain for the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:40
NJD
Brian Gionta (9) ASST: Paul Martin (8), Patrik Elias (20)
1 - 0 NJD
14:28
NJD
PPG - Johnny Oduya (3) ASST: Zach Parise (18), Patrik Elias (21)
2 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
08:37
OTT
SHG - Jarkko Ruutu (3) ASST: Chris Kelly (4), Chris Phillips (4)
2 - 1 NJD
19:06
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (14) ASST: Travis Zajac (13), Zach Parise (19)
3 - 1 NJD
3rd Period
12:09
NJD
Travis Zajac (9) ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (16), Zach Parise (20)
4 - 1 NJD
14:39
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (15) ASST: Zach Parise (21), Paul Martin (9)
5 - 1 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
12:02
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Jay Leach
12:02
NJD
Jay Leach  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
12:29
OTT
Jason Spezza  Interference on goalkeeper against  Scott Clemmensen
2nd Period
05:31
NJD
Mike Mottau  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
07:57
OTT
Jason Spezza  Too many men/ice - bench
16:35
NJD
Sheldon Brookbank  Hi-sticking against  Brendan Bell
18:56
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Holding against  Zach Parise
3rd Period
14:03
OTT
Antoine Vermette  Interference against  Patrik Elias
16:53
NJD
Johnny Oduya  Interference against  Nick Foligno
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 8
SV%: .808SH: 1 - 1
Scott Clemmensen
Scott Clemmensen
10-3-1
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .960SH: 2 - 3