NEWARK, N.J. — The Devils aren't just winning games anymore. They have learned to how finish off struggling opponents, including the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Travis Zajac capped a three-goal first period with a goal and an assist in 26 seconds, and the Devils embarrassed the Blackhawks 4-2 Friday night.
"I think we are coming to expect that we want to beat every team," goaltender Cory Schneider said after the Devils won for the seventh time in nine games. "You can't just feel good or get up for certain games. You have to get up for all of them, and we are developing that mentality right now."
Chicago's Patrick Kane extended his goal-scoring streak to three games and his points streak to nine (six goals, seven assists) with a tally late in the second period that deflected off the back of Devils defenseman Damon Severson past Schneider.
The Devils dominated in sending the Blackhawks to their second straight loss and ending a four-game losing streak against them.
Game highlights: Jakub Kindl scored 2:17 into overtime, Henrik Zetterberg scored his 300th career goal and the Red Wings beat the host Maple Leafs 2-1 for their third straight win.
Kane case: Patrick Kane said he was relieved for his family and friends now that a prosecutor has closed a rape investigation against him without filing charges. The Blackhawks star sidestepped questions about his feelings in his first comments beyond a statement after learning Thursday he would not be charged after a three-month investigation in New York.
"As far as everything goes, I have to be happy to be playing hockey," Kane said. "I'll try to do it as normal as possible."
A 21-year-old woman had said she was raped Aug. 2 at Kane's offseason home in Hamburg, N.Y., outside Buffalo. In announcing Kane wouldn't be charged, prosecutors said the case was "rife with reasonable doubt."
Around the league: Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis was taken to an Edmonton hospital as a precaution after he experienced symptoms that might have been related to his history of blood clots. Dupuis, 36, was diagnosed with blood clots last year and missed most of the season.
First—1, New Jersey, Stempniak 3, 3:48. 2, New Jersey, Palmieri 4 (Zajac), 17:48. 3, New Jersey, Zajac 6 (Severson, Stempniak), 18:14. Penalties—Garbutt, Chi (high-sticking), 11:12; Toews, Chi, major (fighting), 17:54; Henrique, NJ, major (fighting), 17:54.
Second—4, New Jersey, Cammalleri 4 (Severson, Palmieri), 7:28. 5, Chicago, Kane 9 (Gustafsson, Shaw), 18:42. Penalties—Greene, NJ (interference), 4:56; Schlemko, NJ (high-sticking), 19:39.
Third—6, Chicago, Kero 1 (Panarin, Teravainen), 18:34. Penalties—Larsson, NJ (cross-checking), 5:05; Seabrook, Chi (holding), 5:15. Shots on Goal—Chicago 8-7-14—29. New Jersey 13-8-5—26. PP opportunities—Chicago 0 of 3; New Jersey 0 of 2. Goalies—Chicago, Crawford 6-4-1 (13 shots-10 saves), Darling (0:00 second, 13-12). New Jersey, Schneider 7-3-1 (29-27).
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First—1, Detroit, Zetterberg 4 (Larkin, Abdelkader), 16:21. Penalties—Smith, Det (hooking), 18:29.
Second—None. Penalties—Ericsson, Det (high-sticking), :16; Nyquist, Det (holding), 15:33.
Third—2, Toronto, Phaneuf 1 (Bozak, Parenteau), 18:58. Penalties—Spaling, Tor (high-sticking), :06; Bozak, Tor (high-sticking), 5:04; Winnik, Tor (high-sticking), 13:02; Marchenko, Det (tripping), 15:53.
Overtime—3, Detroit, Kindl 2 (Pulkkinen, Tatar), 2:17. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Detroit 9-3-9-3—24. Toronto 12-8-13-0—33. Power-play opportunities—Detroit 0 of 3; Toronto 0 of 4. Goalies—Detroit, Mrazek 4-3-0 (33 shots-32 saves). Toronto, Reimer 2-2-2 (24-22).
First—None. Penalties—Hainsey, Car (high-stick), 14:59.
Second—1, Carolina, J.Staal 2 (E.Staal, Hainsey), 3:41. 2, Dallas, Hemsky 2 (Sceviour, Fiddler), 9:46. Penalties—None.
Third—3, Dallas, Sharp 5 (Seguin), 11:15. 4, Dallas, Faksa 1 (Sceviour, Jo.Benn), 13:20. 5, Dallas, Demers 4, 19:59 (en). Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Dallas 13-8-7—28. Carolina 6-13-12—31. Power-play opportunities—Dallas 0 of 1; Carolina 0 of 0. Goalies—Dallas, Lehtonen 5-1-0 (31 shots-30 saves). Carolina, Lack 1-3-0 (28-25).