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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at New Jersey



(Wednesday, December 2nd)

Final Score: Vancouver 5, New Jersey 2

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Alexander Edler scored a goal and picked up two assists, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the New Jersey Devils, 5-2.

Daniel Sedin and Alexandre Burrows both registered a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have won five of their last seven games. Roberto Luongo turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced.

"(New Jersey) is a tough team to beat," Sedin said. "We had a good start and played for 60 minutes."

Niclas Bergfors and Travis Zajac lit the lamp for the Devils, who had won six straight at Prudential Center. Martin Brodeur allowed five goals on 26 shots to take the loss.

"Today, our top players were not as good," said New Jersey head coach Jacques Lemaire.

New Jersey had been stingy of late, allowing one goal in each of its three previous games, but the Canucks found the back of the net three times before the game was 13 minutes old.

A redirection by Burrows of a Sedin shot in front of Brodeur put the visitors on the board at the 6:33 mark of the opening stanza. Sami Salo's blast from the right point gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead midway through the frame, and Sedin uncoiled a slap shot from the middle of the left circle that beat Brodeur at 12:32.

The Devils, though, battled back, tallying twice in the final four minutes of the first period.

Bergfors snapped a wrister through the legs of Luongo with 3:55 remaining, then Zajac capped a late flurry of activity around the Vancouver net, firing a shot over Luongo's right pad with six seconds showing on the clock.

Following a scoreless middle stanza, Edler fired a shot that slid between Brodeur's pads at 1:36 of the third. Vancouver led 5-2 when Kevin Bieksa fed Jannik Hansen for a one-timer while on an odd-man rush at 5:18.

Game Notes

Henrik Sedin recorded two assists for Vancouver, which improved to 4-0-0 against the Eastern Conference this season...Devils left winger Zach Parise had a career-high 10-game point streak snapped. Parise finished a minus-two. He entered play Wednesday with a league-best plus-19 rating...New Jersey activated veteran centerman Rob Niedermayer from injured reserve on Wednesday. He had missed 11 games with an upper-body ailment...The Canucks made their first visit to New Jersey since January 13, 2006...The Canucks, who began a four-game road trip, visit Philadelphia on Thursday...New Jersey hosts the Lightning on Friday.

12/03 00:10:52 ET

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