Devils 4, Blues 3 (F)
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:53 AM
Clemmensen held off the Blues with 28 saves to improve to 13-5-1.
newjerseydevils.com – Eight goals in two games have the Devils back to their winning ways again.
's second goal of the night snapped a 2-2 tie with 5:41 left in the third period, and Jay Pandolfo added insurance with his first goal in nine games as the Devils edged the Blues, 4-3, Tuesday in St. Louis.
Parise netted his 20th of the season to stake the Devils to a lead just 1:02 into the contest. The Blues made it 2-1 on two straight first-period goals, but Brian Rolston
's fifth of the season tied the contest at 2-2 and Parise buried his 21st to put New Jersey back on top for good.
Pandolfo's fourth of the year gave the Devils a two-goal lead that proved critical after Alex Steen trimmed the deficit to one in the final 30 seconds. But Scott Clemmensen held on, and his 28 saves were enough to lead the Devils to their fifth win in seven games.
Parise, who was named the game's First Star, showed just why he is so important to the Devils' fortunes. New Jersey is 12-4-3 this season when Parise lights the lamp, and the fourth-year left wing has four points in his last two games (3g-1a).
Should he get two goals in his next four games, Parise would become the fastest Devil in history to reach 100 goals from the start of his career. He hit the 200-point mark with a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.
While Parise works toward more scoring achievements, linemate and team captain Jamie Langenbrunner
reached a milestone of his own Friday by assisting on both Parise goals to reach 500 career points.
Rolston scored in a second straight game and New Jersey (21-11-3) has posted back-to-back wins since suffering consecutive shutouts.
returned to the lineup after missing five games with an inner ear infection, and skated against the organization with which he spent parts of seven seasons. Salvador registered an assist while filling in for Colin White
, who missed his first game of the season with upper body soreness.
After dealing the Blues their ninth loss in 11 games, the Devils conclude their three-game road trip Wednesday in Dallas. New Jersey is 2-1 this month in the second half of back-to-backs.
The Devils climbed back within four points of the idle Rangers for first place in the Atlantic Division with four games in hand, and will return home Friday to face Montreal at Prudential Center.
For a second straight game, the Devils got the goals flowing early. They made it 1-0 when Parise snapped his 97th career goal between the pads of St. Louis netminder Manny Legace at 1:02.
The Blues countered with their first of two straight goals in the first period when Brad Boyes smacked home his team-leading 18th from the doorstep at 4:19.
St. Louis' second goal was the result of T.J. Oshie diving to clear the puck past Salvador to create a 2-on-1 with David Backes and Keith Tkachuk against Jay Leach. Backes kept the puck the whole way and beat Clemmensen, glove side, at 7:41.
Parise nearly scored with 6:46 left in the first, when he used an inside-out move to shake off a Blues defender, then fired a shot off the left post.
The Devils entered the second trailing by one, but knotted the contest on the only goal of the middle frame Rolston got his fourth goal in the last seven games when he followed up David Clarkson
's wraparound with a backhander past Legace at 2:37.
Clemmensen protected the stalemate with a clutch save against B.J. Crombeen on a shorthanded two-man breakaway at 7:02. Later, with 47 seconds left in the period, he came up big again with a denial of Boyes' one-timer from the slot.
Parise lifted the Devils to a 3-2 lead at 14:19 of the third, spinning a backhander on Legace from the top of the crease after Langenbrunner had thrown the puck to the front of the net. Parise's shot trickled through Legace for his 98th career goal.
Mike Rupp ended a six-game points drought with an assist on Pandolfo's goal, sliding a cross-slot feed from the right circle for Pandolfo's tap-in at 16:33.
Steen beat Clemmensen from the right circle with 27.3 remaining. Two seconds were added to the clock, but the Devils were able to kill off the extra time for a win in their first meeting with the Blues since Jan. 10, 2007.