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Flames suffer setback in New Jersey

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

NEWARK, NJ -- Reid Boucher, Lee Stempniak and Adam Larsson each had a goal and an assist to help the New Jersey Devils to a 4-2 victory against the Calgary Flames at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

Andy Greene also scored and Cory Schneider made 26 saves for New Jersey (23-19-5). Since being recalled from Albany of the American Hockey League last Friday, Boucher has two goals and three points in two games.

Sean Monahan and Kris Russell scored, New Jersey native Johnny Gaudreau had two assists, and goaltender Jonas Hiller made 22 saves for Calgary (20-21-3).

Larsson scored his first goal in 41 games to give the Devils a 1-0 lead at 5:12. After passing to Boucher in the right-wing corner, Larsson skated to the slot and took a return pass before driving a shot into the top left corner past Hiller.

Calgary tied the game 1-1 when Monahan scored a power play goal 9:16 into the first. Gaudreau took a pass behind the net and fed Monahan low in the right circle for a one-timer that beat Schneider to the far side.

The Devils took a 3-1 lead early in the second when Stempniak and Boucher scored 17 seconds apart. Stempniak finished a 2-on-1 with Mike Cammalleri at 57 seconds; Boucher swept home his second of the season from in the slot at 1:14. Flames coach Bob Hartley challenged Boucher's goal, claiming Hiller was interfered. After a quick review, the goal was upheld.

Russell scored a power play goal 15:55 into the second to pull the Flames within 3-2. Gaudreau skated to the bottom of the right circle while shielding the puck away from Travis Zajac and backhanded a pass to Russell for a snap shot past Schneider.

Greene's empty-net goal with 1:01 remaining gave the Devils a 4-2 lead.

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