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David Clarkson scores late power-play goal, Devils beat Panthers 3-2

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SUNRISE, Fla. - David Clarkson scored a power-play goal with 3:35 left to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Travis Zajac had a goal and an assist, Rob Niedermayer also scored and Brian Rolston had two assists for New Jersey. The Devils have the first two games of a three-game trip to even their record at 2-2.

Rostislav Olesz and Stephen Weiss scored for Florida in the Panthers' first game at BankAtlantic Center this season. The Panthers (1-3) opened the season with two games against Chicago in Finland and were the designated home team for the second.

Martin Brodeur stopped 19 shots to improve to 33-12-7 against Florida.

Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves for Florida.

Vokoun, who gave up five goals on 26 shots Friday night in a 7-2 loss at Carolina and was pulled early in the third period, kept the Panthers in the game. He stopped Jamie Langenbrunner on a partial breakaway midway through the third quarter to keep New Jersey's lead at 2-1. Langenbrunner also hit the post in the first period.

New Jersey had a 23-4 shot advantage five minutes into the second period and ended up outshooting Florida 41-21.

Clarkson scored the Devils' second power-play goal of the game when he one-timed Zajac's pass in front of the net.

Weiss had tied it at 14:37 of the third with Florida's first power-play goal of the season after 15 unsuccessful attempts. After crossing the blue line with speed, he skated around defenceman Johnny Oduya before flipping a shot over Brodeur.

Zajac broke a 1-1 tie with his third goal of the season when he took a feed from Andy Greene in the high slot and fired a quick shot that beat Vokoun to the blocker side.

After a scoreless first period, New Jersey took a 1-0 lead at 11:14 when Niedermayer one-timed Paul Martin's feed from behind the net.

The Panthers caught New Jersey in a line change to tie it at 13:58. Radek Dvorak got behind the New Jersey defence before feeding Olesz, who tipped the pass past Brodeur.

NOTES: Florida is scoreless in the first period this season. ... Florida D Bryan Allen sat out one night after being minus-5 in the loss at Carolina. Coach Pete DeBoer said this was planned all along as a precaution after Allen missed all but two games in 2008-09 because of a knee injury. ... New Jersey will end its trip Monday in Washington. ... D Cory Murphy, who spent part of last season with Florida, was one of three healthy scratches for New Jersey.

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