Devils players from left, Travis Zajac, Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner, and Paul Martin celebrate a goal by Langenbrunner. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Zach Parise scored a goal and had two assists and rookie linemate Travis Zajac had a career-best three assists as New Jersey avenged an embarrassing 8-1 loss at Ottawa on Oct. 21.
Martin Brodeur, who gave up six goals in 34 minutes in that loss, came within 14-plus minutes of recording his 84th career shutout before Ottawa made the game interesting on third-period goals by Chris Neil and Daniel Alfredsson. Brodeur finished with 15 saves.
The win was the Devils' seventh in 10 games and their fourth straight at home, where they are 8-1-1 this season. Ottawa, which had the best record in the Eastern Conference last season, is now 2-7-1 in its last 10 games, 7-11-1 this season and last in the Northeast Division.