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Devils Outlast Blackhawks in OT Shootout

Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias scored in a shootout and Martin Brodeur made 37 saves and stopped four of five shooters to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

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Brodeur made a sprawling stop on Andrew Shaw to end the contest and snap a two-game winless slide for New Jersey, which now has a four-point lead on Ottawa in the race for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Zajac, who returned to the lineup Sunday after sitting out with an Achilles’ tendon injury, snapped a shot over Corey Crawford for the winner in the shootout.

Patrick Sharp beat Brodeur between the legs on Chicago’s third try to send it to extra rounds. Defenseman Brent Seabrook tied the game for Chicago midway through the third period. The loss was the second in a row for Chicago after winning five straight.

Crawford finished with 21 saves and the Devils were limited to 11 shots over the final 45 minutes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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