Zajac OT goal gives Devils edge over falling Leafs

Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:54pm EST
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NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Travis Zajac scored late in overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a hard-fought 5-4 victory over the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

Zajac found the net on a power-play with 45.5 seconds remaining in the extra session to help the Devils register a first win in three and strengthen their Atlantic Division lead.

The goal came after Luke Schenn was penalized for hooking.

"We just wanted to set up a box, feed it down low and get it back for a quick one-timer," Zajac told reporters. "We didn't want to rush."

Zach Parise fed Zajac in the right circle and he fired a shot past Leafs netminder Vesa Toskala.

Zajac also had three assists with line mate Parise adding two goals and two assists.

Dainuis Zubrus, who skated on the same productive line, also scored for the Devils and had two assists.

Coach Jacques Lemaire decided just before game time to put Zubrus on their line to boost New Jersey's offense.

"I was excited," said Zubrus, playing only his third game after missing 30 with a broken kneecap.   Continued...

<p>New Jersey Devils left wing Zach Parise leaps into the arms of center Travis Zajac (19) after Zajac scored the winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the overtime period of their NHL game in Newark, New Jersey January 29, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine</p>