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Zajac nets career-high 3 goals, Jags has goal, 3 assists in Devils' 6-3 win over Florida

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 10:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Zajac nets career-high 3 goals, Jags has goal, 3 assists in Devils' 6-3 win over Florida

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.

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