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NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 20: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils makes a save against the Florida Panthers at the Prudential Center on January 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Wild scored three goals on their first four shots and sent New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur to the bench in the first period of a 4-2 win over the Devils on Friday night. Dany Heatley, Kyle Brodziak and Casey Wellman scored in a 3:03 span of the first period to turn an early deficit into a 3-1 lead and knock Brodeur out of the game just 8:17 in. Brodziak sealed the win with another goal in the third period. Niklas Backstrom made seven saves in the first period, and Josh Harding, who played the final two periods, stopped all 22 shots he faced for Minnesota. Zach Parise had a goal and an assist, and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored for the Devils. Johan Hedberg made 11 saves in relief of Brodeur. Minnesota (16-7-3) leads the NHL with 35 points, one more than Pittsburgh. After Parise scored 2:54 in to give the Devils the lead, the Wild broke out. Just 20 seconds after Parise's tip-in goal, Heatley skated down the right side of the ice and beat Brodeur to tie it 1-1. Brodz...
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