Devils 5, Kings 1
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:53 AM
Weekes makes one of his 34 saves Saturday night against the Kings.
On the day it was announced that sniper Brendan Shanahan was coming back to New Jersey, the Devils showed they're plenty capable of lighting the lamp.
scored a goal and two assists, and Patrik Elias
, Jamie Langenbrunner
and Zach Parise
each had a goal and an assist to propel the Devils to a 5-1 win over the Kings Saturday in Los Angeles.
Making his first start since Dec. 13, Kevin Weekes posted 34 saves to pick up his third victory of the season.
The Devils showed no carryover from Thursday's 4-0 home loss to Atlanta, in which they went 0-for-7 with the man advantage. New Jersey scored three power-play goals for the second time this season and snapped a two-game losing skid with its fifth win in the last nine games.
Parise's team-leading 23rd goal was also his 100th in the NHL, making him the second-fastest player in franchise history to reach the century mark from the start of his career. Parise came up one game short of Brian Gionta's club record of 100 goals in 284 contests.
Zajac snapped a six-game goal drought with his 11th of the season, and won two key draws to help stake the Devils to a 2-0 lead by the second period.
New Jersey pulled ahead 3-0 in the middle frame when Parise stripped Matt Greene at the Los Angeles blueline and skated in alone to bury a backhander under the crossbar behind Jonathan Quick.
Weekes was strong in net and kept the Kings off the board until Derek Armstrong's second of the season 1:17 into the third period. Weekes grabbed his first win since topping the Islanders 5-2 on Nov. 21.
It was the second start in the last 22 games for Weekes, who has seen Scott Clemmensen handle the bulk of the Devils' goaltending duties since Martin Brodeur
was lost to injury on Nov. 1.
The Devils answered Armstrong's tally with two more goals and scored five times for the first time since back-to-back five-goal efforts on Dec. 17 and Dec. 19.
, who played in his 1000th career game, also scored on the power play. The Devils successfully kept pace with the Flyers and Rangers in the Atlantic Division.
New Jersey remains in third place, four points behind division-leading Philadelphia, which beat Toronto 4-1. New York blanked Ottawa 2-0. The Devils continue their season-high six-game road trip Sunday in Anaheim.
Zajac's first goal in seven games got the Devils going five seconds into their second power play of the evening. With Greene off for holding, Zajac beat Michal Handzus on an offensive zone faceoff. Elias fed Langenbrunner for a blueline blast that Zajac tipped past Quick at 14:02 of the first period.
Elias' two-point night gave him 676 points for his career, 25 shy of John MacLean's franchise record.
Another faceoff win by Zajac set up Elias' power-play goal early in the second period. Zajac beat Handzus again and drew the puck back to Elias. Elias fired home his 19th with a shot from the top of the right circle to make it 2-0 four seconds into the man advantage at 1:07.
The onslaught continued 1:11 later, when Parise poked the puck away from Greene and scored unassisted at 2:18 to end his three-game points drought.
After Armstrong had cut the Devils' lead to 3-1 in the third by deflecting Alexander Frolov's shot from the far right boards, Rolston put New Jersey back on top by three.
Rolston one-timed Gionta's pass at the point for his seventh of the season, fourth on the power play, and sixth in the last 13 games at 6:29.
Rolston became the seventh player to make his 1000th NHL appearance in a Devils uniform, joining Dave Andreychuk, Neal Broten, Bob Carpenter, Ken Daneyko, Claude Lemieux and Hall of Famer Scott Stevens.
Langenbrunner blew the game open with his eighth, tapping in Zajac's pass on a 2-on-1 with 9:02 left in regulation to make it 5-1.
With Parise moving into second place, Elias was bumped to third on the list of fastest Devils to 100 goals from the start of their career (305 games). He's followed by Kirk Muller (306), Pat Verbeek (316), and Petr Sykora (332)... Stephane Richer, who was acquired from Montreal in 1991, scored 100 goals in his first 224 games as a Devil.