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Chicago Blackhawks 4, New Jersey Devils 6 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

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Chicago Blackhawks 4, New Jersey Devils 6 FINAL
Chicago Blackhawks 4, New Jersey Devils 6

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The New Jersey Devils got their ``must-win'' against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night, although they didn't play well in getting it.

Patrik Elias scored two late goals and the Devils inched closer to first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division by holding off the inexperienced Blackhawks 6-4 on Thursday night.

``They are a young team and they somehow outworked us in our zone,'' said Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who faced 35 shots, the fifth highest total against New Jersey this season.

``It's pretty rare for us to allow four goals,'' Brodeur added. ``We'll take it. These are big points right now. We're moving up and hopefully we'll get some confidence offensively.''

Sergei Brylin, John Madden, Turner Stevenson and Grant Marshall also scored in the game the Devils labeled as a ``must win'' after an embarrassing 3-1 home loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The Devils moved within six points of Philadelphia. New Jersey has played two fewer games than the Flyers, which tied Dallas 2-2 on Thursday, and will play at Philadelphia on Saturday.

``I don't want to talk about tonight,'' Madden said after the normally stingy Devils got lax after taking a 4-1 second-period lead. ``Things went well for us in the beginning, and it fell apart late.''

Eric Nickulas, Tuomo Ruutu, rookie Michal Barinka and Tyler Arnason scored for Chicago, winless in seven straight (0-4-2-1).

The Blackhawks, who are in last place in the Western Conference, made the Devils work awfully hard to win.

``This team doesn't give up,'' Blackhawks defenseman Bryan Berard said. ``We struggled a little bit in the second but we played really well in the third. Mistakes cost us.''

New Jersey appeared in great shape after scoring three times in the opening 14:02 of the second period to take a 4-1 lead.

Marshall scored from the right circle at 3:54 after taking a nice pass from Jeff Friesen.

Moments after Chicago killed off a penalty, Brylin and Madden stretched the lead to three goals with goals 32 seconds apart.

Brylin found the upper corner of the net at 13:30 with a shot from well above the left circle that Blackhawks goaltender Michael Leighton appeared to misplay.

Madden scored his third in four games on a scramble in front.

Ruutu cut the gap to 4-2 with a power-play goal late in the second period and Barinka scored in his first NHL game early in the third.

``We got the two points, that's the most important thing,'' Devils forward Scott Gomez said. ``It wasn't a Devils' hockey win. We had them 4-1 and that should have been it. Give the Hawks credit.''

Elias gave the Devils a little breathing room at 11:52 of third period, but Arnason tallied on a rebound with 5:33 to narrow the lead to 5-4.

Elias iced the game with an empty-net goal in the final second, moments after Martin Brodeur stopped a big blast by Eric Daze.

``With 10 seconds in the game to have their best player with the puck, teeing it up ...,'' Brodeur said. ``We missed some assignments and didn't play well. But there are nights like that. But at this stage in the season, you shouldn't have to worry about how you play defense.''

scoring summary
1st Period
07:26
NJD
PPG - Turner Stevenson (12) Slapshot - ASST: Scott Niedermayer (33), Paul Martin (14)
1 - 0 NJD
18:05
CHI
Eric Nickulas (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Scott Nichol (10), Mikhail Yakubov (5)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
03:54
NJD
Grant Marshall (8) Snap shot - ASST: Jeff Friesen (16), Jan Hrdina (16)
2 - 1 NJD
13:30
NJD
Sergei Brylin (12) Slapshot - ASST: Colin White (10), Jan Hrdina (17)
3 - 1 NJD
14:02
NJD
John Madden (10) Snap shot - ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (10), Scott Niedermayer (34)
4 - 1 NJD
19:31
CHI
PPG - Tuomo Ruutu (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Daze (2), Tyler Arnason (26)
4 - 2 NJD
3rd Period
05:08
CHI
Eric Daze (3) Snap shot - ASST: Tuomo Ruutu (18), Michal Barinka (1)
4 - 3 NJD
11:52
NJD
Patrik Elias (32) Backhand shot - ASST: Scott Gomez (46), Turner Stevenson (10)
5 - 3 NJD
14:27
CHI
Tyler Arnason (17) Snap shot - ASST: Bryan Berard (27), Tuomo Ruutu (19)
5 - 4 NJD
19:59
NJD
EN - Patrik Elias (33) Snap shot - ASST: Turner Stevenson (11)
6 - 4 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
05:54
CHI
Michal Barinka  Holding against  Sergei Brylin
14:56
CHI
Jason Strudwick  Roughing against  John Madden
20:00
CHI
Scott Nichol  Roughing against  Scott Gomez
20:00
NJD
Scott Gomez  Hi-sticking against  Scott Nichol
2nd Period
01:20
NJD
Jeff Friesen  Interference against  Mark Bell
05:32
NJD
Turner Stevenson  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Strudwick
05:32
CHI
Jason Strudwick  Fighting (maj) against  Turner Stevenson
10:15
CHI
Jim Vandermeer  Fighting (maj) against  Grant Marshall
10:15
NJD
Grant Marshall  Fighting (maj) against  Jim Vandermeer
11:13
CHI
Brett McLean  Tripping - Obstruction against  Scott Gomez
17:34
NJD
John Madden  Tripping against  Tuomo Ruutu
3rd Period
00:54
NJD
Colin White  Hi-sticking against  Tuomo Ruutu
09:29
CHI
Deron Quint  Hi-sticking against  Patrik Elias
goalie stats
Michael Leighton
SA: 27TOI: 59:07
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .815SH: 0 - 0
Martin Brodeur
SA: 35TOI: 59:33
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0