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Kalinin's late goal helps Devils edge Blackhawks

by Brian Hedger /

CHICAGO -- After losing their first four games, the New Jersey Devils' resolve has kept them from allowing single losses to turn into something larger.

The Devils started their season 0-3-1. But they are 9-3-0 since then and haven't lost back-to-back games. They avoided consecutive losses again with a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday

The Devils, who lost 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center on Tuesday, are showing the kind of resilience first-year coach John Hynes was looking for.

"What we're real happy with, even more than the [9-3-0 stretch], is just the way the team has come together and guys are playing for one another," Hynes said. "There's a lot of belief in how we're playing, and over the course of the long haul, that's as important as being able to find wins, if we can stay consistent in what we're doing."

Rookie Sergey Kalinin broke a 2-2 tie when he scored a power-play goal with 2:27 remaining in the third period, giving the Devils their second victory in six days against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Kalinin and Kyle Palmieri each had a goal and assist. Adam Henrique scored his eighth goal and had two of the 22 blocked shots credited to the Devils (9-6-1).

"I'm excited to win the game," said Kalinin, who scored 4:14 after Chicago rookie Artemi Panarin had tied the game 2-2. "Thank the boys. Huge game. Huge win. Everybody worked hard and the result was the [win]."

Panarin's goal at 13:19 of the third period was his third in the past two games. It injected energy into the arena and seemed to be the tipping point for a Blackhawks comeback win.

Devils forward Mike Cammalleri was called for tripping at 14:01, giving the Blackhawks the second of two power plays, but momentum still shifted back toward New Jersey.

The Devils killed the man-advantage and capitalized on one of their own when forward Patrick Kane was called for high-sticking at 17:25, his second penalty of the game.

Kalinin scored his second NHL goal eight seconds into the resulting power play by swatting a rebound of Palmieri's shot into the net. The puck slid underneath Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, who made a diving attempt to poke check the puck away.

Crawford's frustration was indicative of the mood for the Blackhawks (8-7-1), who are 2-4-1 in their past seven games.

"We're back in it and give up another one late," said Crawford, who made 19 saves. "[We've] got to learn from that. I make a mistake too. I go reaching for a puck that I shouldn't be reaching for. Just got to learn from these little things that are costing us games."

Kane had a goal and assist and extended his NHL-leading point streak to 11 games. His line, which includes Panarin at left wing and center Artem Anisimov, was again Chicago's best. They just couldn't do it all against New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider, who made 27 saves and yielded two or fewer goals for the sixth straight start.

The two shots that beat Schneider were off high-skill plays. Panarin beat Schneider high to the short side off a tough angle, and the Devils' goalie didn't have much chance to stop Kane's goal to cap an early 5-on-3 power play at 6:42 of the first period.

After a two-man advantage created by dual minors called on the same play, the Blackhawks made it 1-0 when Teuvo Teravainen fed Kane with a cross-ice feed for a one-timer.

"I can't fault the game tonight," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we did a lot of good things. We generated zone time, shots, traffic, everything we look for. I think we deserved a better fate, but take a penalty late in the game, that's a tough one."

Chicago nearly took a two-goal lead with 1:10 left in the first, but Devils forward Stephen Gionta prevented it. Schneider's save against a wrist shot from Teravainen sent the rebound out to Marko Dano, but his shot hit Gionta's stick and deflected off the crossbar.

New Jersey took a 2-1 lead in the second by scoring on two of six shots.

Henrique scored 59 seconds into the period with a long wrist shot to pull the Devils even at 1-1. Palmieri scored at 17:01 off a rebound of a shot by Kalinin to give New Jersey the lead, capitalizing on a Chicago turnover that created a rush.

"It's huge," Henrique said of beating the Blackhawks a second time. "Our confidence has been building in here from the start. We know what's in [our locker room]. I think we're showing that, but we can't sit on this one for too long."

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