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Shanahan scores in season debut with Devils

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Brendan Shanahan still has his scoring touch.

Playing his first NHL game in more than eight months, Shanahan returned to the New Jersey Devils on Monday night and scored in the second period of his season debut against the Nashville Predators.

Shanahan, who turns 40 on Friday, broke a scoreless tie at 1:32 with his 651st goal, which ranks 11th on the career list. He skated in from the left side along the goal line and fired a shot into the right side of the net, beating goalie Pekka Rinne during a 5-on-3 power play.

Shanahan, who spent the past two seasons with the New York Rangers, made his season debut early in the first period after signing an $800,000, one-year contract Wednesday. It was his first game since May 4, 2008, in the playoffs at Pittsburgh.

Jay Pandolfo was a healthy scratch for New Jersey to make room for Shanahan, a three-time Stanley Cup champion - all with the Detroit Red Wings. He has scored at least 20 goals in 19 consecutive seasons.

Shanahan was drafted by the Devils with the No. 2 pick in 1987. He left the team in 1991, signing a free-agent contract with the St. Louis Blues.

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