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Stempniak, Palmieri score in 1st period, Schneider makes 34 saves as Devils beat Panthers 4-2

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NEWARK, N.J. - Lee Stempniak and Kyle Palmieri scored first-period goals and Cory Schneider made 34 saves as the New Jersey Devils cooled off the Florida Panthers with a 4-2 victory Sunday night.

Adam Henrique and Mike Cammalleri also scored to help the Devils win for the first time in their last five home games (1-2-2). Schneider stopped Jonathan Huberdeau's penalty shot.

Aaron Ekblad and Huberdeau scored for the Panthers, who saw two streaks come to an end. Florida had won five straight overall, and a club record-tying five in a row on the road.

Jaromir Jagr had two assists in his first game at the Prudential Center since the February trade that sent him from New Jersey to Florida.

Roberto Luongo stopped 14 shots for Florida.

Stempniak and Palmieri staked the Devils to a 2-0 lead in the first.

Stempniak scored 26 seconds in with a backhander from the slot. He was left completely unchecked to take a feed from Cammalleri, who got his 300th assist.

It was the fastest goal by a Devils player this season to start a period.

Palmieri doubled the advantage at 12:55, roofing a wrist shot over Luongo from the right circle.

The Panthers, sluggish most of the period, got going in the final 2 minutes. Reilly Smith had the best chance, a shot from the left hash marks.

Florida carried that momentum into the second period and Ekblad scored 45 seconds in. Aleksander Barkov won a draw in the Devils end and Jagr pushed the puck back to Ekblad at the top of the right circle. His shot appeared to change direction as it handcuffed Schneider.

New Jersey answered when Henrique deposited a wraparound inside the right post at 3:43 to put the Devils up 3-1.

Huberdeau was the key figure in the late stages of the period. He scored at 13:07 as the Panthers wore down the Devils' defenders with an extended shift in which they dominated play.

Huberdeau had a golden opportunity to even the score when he was awarded a penalty shot with 2:06 left. Schneider made the save, denying Huberdeau's bid to stuff the puck between his pads.

Florida outshot New Jersey 12-4 in the second period.

The Panthers continued to press in the third but it was Cammalleri who scored at 6:44 to put New Jersey up 4-2.

NOTES: Devils centre Travis Zajac missed a second straight game with an upper-body injury. New Jersey also scratched D Jon Merrill and RW Bobby Farnham. ... The Florida scratches were LW Shawn Thornton and C Nick Bjugstad. . The game concluded Florida's five-game road trip. The Panthers host the Senators on Tuesday. . Luongo appeared in his 886th game, tying Tony Esposito for seventh on the career list for goalies.

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