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Devils 2, Kings 1 (OT)

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LOS ANGELES -- Winger Jaromir Jagr scored 2:30 into overtime as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Thursday night.

Cory Schneider stopped 34 shots for New Jersey (9-8-5), which moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Los Angeles (15-6-2) had a four game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time at home since a 4-3 defeat to the Nashville Predators on Nov. 2.

New Jersey center Ryan Carter broke a scoreless tie with a strong backhand past Los Angeles goaltender Ben Scrivens at 5:52 of the final period. The score came on only the Devils' seventh shot on goal of the contest. Wingers Michael Ryder and Steven Gionta assisted on Carter's third goal of the campaign.

Los Angeles quickly evened the score when right winger Justin Williams scored his team leading ninth goal of the season at 6:57. The marker came off a two-on rush started by center Anze Kopitar with Schneider making the initial save but was unable to control the rebound.

The Kings came out strong in the first period, hoping to catch a tired Devils team on the second night of back to back games. Schneider was strong between the pipes with 14 saves as the game remained scoreless through 20 minutes.

Schneider's best stop was on a breakaway by Trevor Lewis that prevented the Kings' right winger from scoring his first goal of the season.

Los Angeles kept up the pressure early in the second period, but Schneider refused to yield, stopping Kings left winger Dustin Brown from in close three minutes into the middle stanza.

The Devils couldn't apply any sustained pressure on Scrivens in the game's first half, managing only five shots on goal.

The Kings continued to dominate play through the balance of the second period but couldn't dent the Devils' goal despite holding a whopping 26-5 advantage in shots on goal.

New Jersey's penalty kill was back on track after surrendering two power-play goals in Wednesday's win at Anaheim. They were a perfect four-for-four while short-handed through two periods.

NOTES: Devils RW Damien Brunner was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Brunner is pointless in his last 10 games and was replaced by RW Mattais Tedenby. ... New Jersey's 4-3 overtime win in Anaheim on Tuesday night broke a 10-game losing streak in overtime or shootouts that extended back to March 10 when they beat Winnipeg 3-2 in a shootout. ... Kings RW Jordan Nolan missed his third consecutive game, suffering aftereffects of a hit on New Jersey D Peter Harrold during Los Angeles' 2-0 win in New Jersey on Nov. 15. ... Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi conveyed during a radio interview on Wednesday that G Jonathan Quick return from a Grade 2 groin strain won't occur until Christmas. ... For the second consecutive game, the Kings limited a team to two shots on goal in a period, a season low. They held Tampa Bay to the same amount in Tuesday's victory.

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