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Joe Pavelski had two goals and two assists as the visiting Dallas Stars defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-1 Tuesday night at Prudential Center in Newark for their fourth straight win.

The Stars, playing the second half of back-to-back games, scored in the opening seconds of both the first and second periods.

Roope Hintz had a goal and an assist for the Stars. Braden Holtby made 36 saves and improved to 18-4-3 against New Jersey in his career.

Jesper Bratt scored his fourth goal in three games for the Devils, who have lost five of six. Akira Schmid allowed three goals on seven shots and was lifted after the first period. Jon Gillies made 23 saves over the final two periods.

Pavelski gave the Stars a 1-0 lead 14 seconds after the opening faceoff when he scored on a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Jason Robertson.

:Roope Hintz (No. 24) celebrates with his Stars teammates after scoring a goal in the Devils' 5-1 loss as dejected goalie John Gilles looks down at the ice.
Roope Hintz (No. 24) celebrates with his Stars teammates after scoring a goal in the Devils’ 5-1 loss as dejected goalie John Gilles looks down at the ice.
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The lead was 2-0 after Alexander Radulov got to a loose puck behind the Devils’ net and passed in front to Jacob Peterson for a goal at 9:45.

Pavelski made it 3-0 when he deflected Miro Heiskanen’s wrist shot from the point past Schmid at 16:48 for his 19th goal of the season and third in two games.

The Stars struck again 15 seconds into the second period when Hintz took a drop pass from Pavelski on the rush and scored on a wrist shot through a screen from the right circle to make it 4-0.

Michael McLeod (left) punches the Stars' Luke Glendening during the Devils' 5-1 loss.
Michael McLeod (left) punches the Stars’ Luke Glendening during the Devils’ 5-1 loss.
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Bratt took a pass from Jack Hughes on the rush and scored a power-play goal from the left circle to pull the Devils within 4-1 at 12:16.

Holtby made a sprawling pad save to rob Janne Kuokkanen on a rebound attempt midway through the third period.

Jani Hakanpaa made it 5-1 when his clearing attempt found the empty net at 17:35. Pavelski was credited with the assist and now has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in a six-game point streak.

Earlier in the day, the Devils put goalie Mackenzie Blackwood (left heel) on the injured reserve list.

Source: NYPOST

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