Pandolfo's late tally proves the difference for Devils in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- As he has all season, Zach Parise helped the

New Jersey Devils to another win.

Parise, the Devils' leading goal scorer, found the net twice

Tuesday night as New Jersey beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 for its

fifth win in seven games and the seventh on the road win in nine.

Parise scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season after

netting only one in five games.

"That's what Zach does," Devils coach Brent Sutter said.

"That third goal was a hardworking goal. He brings that every

night for us."

New Jersey took a 1-0 lead on its first shot just 1:02 in when

Parise skated in alone on the left wing and beat goalie Manny

Legace through the pads. It was Parise's first goal in three career

games against St. Louis.

The Blues tied it when Brad Boyes jammed in a rebound off Jeff

Woywitka's shot at 4:19 for his team-leading 18th goal. St. Louis

grabbed the lead at 7:41 when David Backes beat Scott Clemmensen

for his 11th goal.

Despite the Blues' effort, coach Andy Murray was disappointed.

"We're at the bottom of the standings because we lose games

like this," Murray said. We need to find a way to win or get a

point out of it.

"To sit where we're sitting right now and not find a way

continuously [to get results] doesn't sit well."

Clemmensen, who grew up just outside St. Louis, faced the Blues

for the first time in his career.

"It was fun and it's close to my hometown," Clemmensen said.

"I had a lot of friends and family here."

The Devils goalie, playing in place of the injured Martin

Brodeur, recognized how important it is to stay focused on the


"It's tough to come into other people's buildings and stay true

to your game and not get caught up with what they're doing,"

Clemmensen said.

Brian Rolston tied it early in the second period for the Devils

with his fifth goal. Rolston, who missed 18 games earlier in the

season because of an ankle injury, slipped a rebound past Legace at

17:23 to make it 2-2.

Parise scored his second of the game with just 5:41 remaining,

fighting off Backes for a loose puck in front of the net to give

New Jersey a 3-2 lead.

"I just found the rebound," Parise said. "I don't remember, I

just looked down and saw it there, swatted it and it went in."

The Blues lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

"We're in every game. We're playing great hockey," Legace

said. "We're playing good. It's just really weird. Can't figure it


Jay Pandolfo scored with 3:27 left to give New Jersey a 4-2

lead, and Alexander Steen brought the Blues within a goal with 27.3

seconds remaining.

Game notes
St. Louis C T.J. Oshie returned to the lineup after missing

11 games due to a high-ankle sprain. ... New Jersey D Bryce Salvador, formerly of the Blues, played after sitting out five

games because of an ear infection. Salvador earned an assist on the

Devils' winning goal. It was Salvador's first game in St. Louis

since being traded for Cam Janssen on Feb. 26. ... New Jersey D

Colin White sat out due to an upper body injury.