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NHL: Travis Zajac has hat trick as Devils beat Panthers
First Published Mar 31 2014 11:27 pm • Last Updated Apr 01 2014 08:39 pm

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.

At a glance

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

y-Boston 75 52 17 6 110 241 158

Montreal 76 43 26 7 93 199 189

Tampa Bay 75 41 25 9 91 223 201

Detroit 75 35 26 14 84 202 213

Toronto 76 36 32 8 80 220 239

Ottawa 75 32 29 14 78 218 250

Florida 76 27 41 8 62 182 250

Buffalo 74 20 45 9 49 142 222

Metropolitan Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-Pittsburgh 75 48 22 5 101 232 185

N.Y. Rangers 76 42 30 4 88 205 183

Philadelphia 74 39 27 8 86 213 210

Columbus 74 38 30 6 82 208 200

Washington 75 34 28 13 81 217 226

New Jersey 75 32 28 15 79 184 195

Carolina 75 32 32 11 75 187 210

N.Y. Islanders 74 29 35 10 68 206 247

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-St. Louis 74 50 17 7 107 240 168

x-Colorado 74 47 21 6 100 227 202

x-Chicago 76 42 19 15 99 248 200

Minnesota 75 38 26 11 87 186 189

Dallas 74 36 27 11 83 214 212

Nashville 76 33 32 11 77 190 229

Winnipeg 75 33 33 9 75 208 220

Pacific Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

x-Anaheim 74 48 18 8 104 239 187

x-San Jose 76 47 20 9 103 232 184

Los Angeles 75 44 25 6 94 189 159

Phoenix 75 36 27 12 84 206 212

Vancouver 76 34 31 11 79 184 206

Calgary 75 31 37 7 69 192 223

Edmonton 75 26 40 9 61 184 249

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

x-clinched playoff spot; -clinched division

Monday’s Games

Ottawa 2, Carolina 1, SO

New Jersey 6, Florida 3

Winnipeg at Anaheim, late

Minnesota at Los Angeles, late

Tuesday’s Games

New Jersey at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

Calgary at Toronto, 5 p.m.

Florida at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m.

Carolina at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.

Dallas at Washington, 5 p.m.

Colorado at Columbus, 5 p.m.

Montreal at Tampa Bay, 5:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at St. Louis, 6 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Vancouver, 8 p.m.

Winnipeg at Phoenix, 8 p.m.

Edmonton at San Jose, 8:30 p.m.

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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 • In Ottawa, Ontario 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.




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