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 wild 6-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night after nearly blowing an early three-goal lead
Zajac opened the barrage against Dan Ellis and then netted his second of the night midway through New Jersey’s three-goal first period. He completed his first NHL hat trick by putting a rebound past Ellis at 9:37 of the third.
It was also a big night for Zajac’s linemates. 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.
Senators 2, Hurricanes 1, SO
OTTAWA, Ontario — Ales Hemsky scored the only goal of the shootout, and the Ottawa Senators edged the Carolina Hurricanes.
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 win and fourth in fifth games.
Craig Anderson stopped all three Carolina shooters, including Elias Lindholm with the final attempt, to earn the victory.