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Devils thump Blues

Newark,  NJ  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Damien  Brunner  returned from  a  14-game 
absence  and registered  a goal  and  two assists,  as the  New Jersey  Devils 
notched a 7-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at Prudential Center. 

Eric  Gelinas  also collected a  goal and two  helpers, while Mark Fayne, Ryan 
Carter,  Ryane Clowe,  Jaromir Jagr and Adam Henrique each scored once for the 
Devils, who were coming off a 1-1-2 road trip. 

Cory Schneider backstopped the victory with 26 saves. 

"I  thought we all did a great job out there tonight," said Schneider. "We got 
those quick goals and that always makes things a lot easier for me." 

Alexander Steen scored St. Louis' lone goal, while Brian Elliott allowed three 
goals  on  nine shots before being  removed late in the first period. Jaroslav 
Halak  turned aside just 10-of-14 shots in relief for the Blues, who have lost 
four of their last six games. 

"We've  got  some tough games coming  up in the next  couple of days and if we 
don't come together real quick we're going to have some lessons taught to us," 
said St. Louis center David Backes. 

New  Jersey jumped on  top with a pair of quick goals, as Fayne found the back 
of  the  net 2:27  into the  game before  Carter backhanded  home a rebound 24 
seconds later to double the Devils' lead. 

Steen  sliced the margin  in half with his 25th of the season at 8:47, but the 
Devils answered under two minutes later when Reid Boucher's backhand feed from 
below  the  goal line deflected in  off the skate  of Jagr on the doortstep to 
make it 3-1 at 10:27. 

Halak  then  entered for Elliott  and held New Jersey  off the board until the 
early  stages  of the second stanza,  when Clowe potted a power-play marker at 
1:03 to give the Devils a 4-1 lead. 

Henrique  beat  Halak high to  the short-side with New  Jersey on a power play 
late  in the  second before Brunner buried  a one-timer from the low left side 
with  the  Devils skating on a  man advantage at 1:18  of the third to make it 
6-1. 

Gelinas accounted for the final margin when his blast from the red line took a 
strange bounce off the ice and snuck past Halak at 12:04. 

                                   Game Notes 

New Jersey's seven goals marked a season high ... New Jersey's Marek Zidlicky, 
Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias each picked up two assists ... St. Louis fell to 
15-6-3  on the  road this season ... Brunner was activated off injured reserve 
prior  to the  game ... Steen set a  new career high with his 25th goal of the 
season  ... New Jersey went 3-for-4 on the power play, while St. Louis went 0- 
for-3. 

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