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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - After going 2 1/2 games without a goal, the New Jersey Devils wasted little time ending their scoring drought against Dominik Hasek and the Ottawa Senators.

Zach Parise, Grant Marshall and Jamie Langenbrunner scored first-period goals and the Devils held off the Senators 5-3 Wednesday night to end a two-game losing streak.

Sergei Brylin and Eric Rasmussen also scored for the Devils, and Martin Brodeur made 27 saves.

``The Senators are a team we are looking up at in the standings,'' said Brodeur. ``They beat a lot of teams in our division. Any points we get against them is a plus.''

New Jersey, shut out in its last two games, had not scored in a franchise-record span of 154:05 - since Viktor Kozlov's goal at 9:56 of the second period of a 4-0 victory against the New York Islanders on Jan. 24.

Parise ended the Devils' scoring drought 1:40 into the game after Brylin intercepted a pass between Ottawa defensemen Zdeno Chara and Chris Phillips, and sent the puck cross-ice to Parise for the tip past Hasek.

``They tried to rim the puck out of the zone and Sergei made a good play,'' Parise said. ``He found me streaking to the backside. I just tried to lift it over his pad.''

Antoine Vermette, Dany Heatley and Patrick Eaves scored for the Northeast Division-leading Senators, who lost their second straight game.

Ottawa, the top defensive team in the NHL, uncharacteristically surrendered five goals in both losses.

``We had some segments of the game where we played really well and then we let up for a shift or two,'' said Heatley. ``Ten goals in two games, we're not playing the way we can defensively.''

New Jersey's second and third goals were deflections - only one intentional. Marshall redirected Paul Martin's point shot past Hasek for a power-play goal at 14:39.

Langenbrunner was credited with the goal that made it 3-0 at 15:23 when Ottawa defenseman Christoph Schubert deflected the shot into his own goal.

``We kind of game them two of the three goals in the first period with mistakes we made,'' said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. ``It's hard to play on the road that way.''

The Senators cut deficit to 3-1 when Vermette knocked Brian McGrattan's rebound past Brodeur with 2:25 remaining in the first.

Heatley brought Ottawa within one at 7:44 of the second.

Brylin took a pass from Marshall and beat Hasek on the power play with 23 seconds remaining in the period to make it 4-2. Rasmussen scored his first goal in 32 games, at 2:59 of the third, to restore the Devils' three-goal lead.

Eaves closed out the scoring 2:45 later.

Notes: The Devils expect their first home sellout of the season on Friday when they retire former captain Scott Stevens' No. 4. ... New Jersey was shut out in its last two games, 1-0 in overtime at Tampa Bay last Thursday, and 4-0 at Florida the following night. ... Ottawa opened a three-game road trip that takes them to Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

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