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Devils ring up 9th straight win

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Associated Press / December 8, 2007

Four straight wins on the road, then five in a row at home.

The New Jersey Devils are winning wherever they go, and suddenly Newark is every bit of a home-ice advantage as the Meadowlands was all those years.

Vitaly Vishnevski and Dainius Zubrus scored 4:15 apart in the first period, and the Devils won their ninth straight game by beating the Washington Capitals, 3-2, last night.

Even though this wasn't the crispest win in the run, it was effective. It had the fans yelling and cheering, and even breaking out "the Wave" in the third period.

"I noticed," goalie Martin Brodeur said. "Winning makes it a lot easier on the crowd to be loud. It's an old trick they took out from the '80s."

Travis Zajac added a goal in the third, and Brodeur made 22 saves for the Devils, who matched their third-best winning streak.

Alexander Semin and Brooks Laich scored for the Capitals (9-17-1-1), who have an NHL-worst 20 points. Washington, playing after five days off, lost its fourth in five games. Olaf Kolzig finished with 19 saves.

Red Wings 5, Wild 0 - Henrik Zetterberg got his second career hat trick and Dominik Hasek stopped 19 shots for his 77th career shutout to lift host Detroit.

"I believe I can continue to play like this," said Hasek, 42, who won his second straight after losing three in a row. "I can feel it more in my heart and my stomach."

Johan Franzen also had a goal and an assist for Detroit.

Avalanche 2, Flyers 1 - Jose Theodore made 28 saves and Milan Hejduk scored his 99th-career power-play goal with 2.7 seconds left in the second period to lead host Colorado.

Blues 4, Oilers 3 - Brad Boyes had two goals (Nos. 16 and 17), and Doug Weight and Paul Kariya also scored as visiting St. Louis improved to 9-2-1 in its last 12 games.

Thrashers 4, Rangers 2 - Slava Kozlov's slap shot from beyond the left circle with about five minutes left snapped a 2-2 tie and helped Atlanta hand visiting New York its third straight loss.

Senators 4, Stars 2 - Christoph Schubert and Antoine Vermette scored first-period goals, Mike Fisher added a power-play goal in the third, and Ray Emery stopped 23 shots as Ottawa won in Dallas.

Panthers 3, Islanders 0 - Stephen Weiss and Nathan Horton scored power-play goals and Tomas Vokoun stopped 25 shots for his second shutout of the season as host Florida snapped a three-game losing streak.

Sharks 1, Coyotes 0 - Milan Michalek scored with 15 seconds left in the second period and Evgeni Nabokov shut out Phoenix for the third straight time as visiting San Jose beat the Coyotes for the fourth straight time.

Ducks 5, Blackhawks 3 - Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 39 saves as visiting Anaheim improved to 10-0-1 against Chicago since Nov. 2, 2003.

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