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Devils use three-goal third period outburst to bury Islanders

Coming into the third period, the Devils held a slim, one-goal lead over the New York Islanders.

The team exploded for three goals in two minutes and defeat the Islanders, 6-1, Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center.

The six goals equal a season-high for the Devils this season.

Patrick Elias began the scoring at 10:30 of the third period during a 5-on-3 powerplay. Travis Zajac passed the puck to Brian Rolston at the point, who faked a shot and passed the puck to Elias. Elias ripped a one-timer from the right circle for the goal and a 3-1 lead.

Parise followed with his own goal 1:24 later in the period. Parise tapped a rebound from Andy Greene behind Biron to push the lead to 4-1. The goal also extended Parise’s career-best point streak to 10 games.

Rolston added his second goal at 12:32 of the game to make it 5-1. Rolston collected the rebound of a Mike Mottau shot and shot the puck into the open net for his eighth goal of the season.

Elias and Rolston both collected four points (2 G, 2 A) in the game.

Islanders right winger Richard Park began the scoring at 11:18 of the first period. Park carried the puck into the Devils zone and ripped a slap shot from the point. The puck deflected off Devils defenseman Mark Fraser’s stick and beat Martin Brodeur over the shoulder for his second goal of the season.

The Devils quickly tied the game 54 seconds into the second period on a Mottau goal. The defenseman took the puck behind the net and tried to pass it to the front. The puck bounced off the skate of Islanders defenseman Mark Streit and past Biron for the goal.

After recording no points in his first 24 games, Mottau recorded two points in this game with one goal and one assist.

After allowing 10 shots and no goals in the first, the Islanders allowed 32 shots and six goals in the second and third periods in the loss.

With the win, the Devils move, temporarily, into first-place in the Eastern Conference with 35 points. They play their next game Wednesday night against Vancouver at the Prudential Center.

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