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DALLAS -- In a game that typified the grind-it-out nature of New Jersey, the Devils limited the Dallas Stars to just 16 shots in a 3-2 overtime win Thursday at American Airlines Center.

New Jersey (23-21-11) got the game-winner from left winger Patrik Elias 40 seconds into overtime. The Devils were on the power play after Dallas center and captain Jamie Benn had been called for tripping Elias near center ice 12 seconds earlier.

After the Devils led for 48:09, Dallas forced overtime when center Tyler Seguin scored his 24th of the season to make it 2-2 with 52 seconds remaining.

Goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 14 shots for the Devils, his 11th straight game to allow four or fewer goals.

Elias' goal was the Devils' second on the power play of the game. New Jersey also got a power-play goal from center Travis Zajac in the second period.

Zajac's goal, his ninth of the season, came at 9:50 of the second when he redirected a blast from near the Stars blue line by right winger Damien Brunner. Zajac's deflection from the slot sailed in over the glove of Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

The Devils were on the power play after Dallas left winger Ryan Garbutt was called for interference at 8:49.

Dallas (24-22-8) received their lone goal from center and captain Jamie Benn in the second period 1:02 after Zajac's power-play goal.

The Stars, who finished their two game homestand at 2-2-1, had a two-man advantage for 1:15 in the opening period after New Jersey defenseman Mark Fayne was called for holding at 4:30 and defenseman Anton Volcenkov was whistled for an illegal check to the head of Stars center Tyler Seguin 45 seconds later at 5:15. However, Dallas was unable to convert during the 5-on-3.

New Jersey took the game's first lead when right winger Dainius Zubrus sent a one-timer past Lehtonen's short side at 10:59 of the opening period. Zubrus' goal, his 10th of the season, was set up perfectly by a pass from right winger Jaromir Jagr in the slot. All Zubrus had to do was finish with a wrister that traveled under Lehtonen's glove.

Dallas managed just four shots in the opening period while New Jersey had seven.

The Stars pulled within a goal at 10:52 of the second when Benn beat Schneider with a backhand for his 21st goal of the season.

Rookie right winger Valeri Nichushkin started the sequence with a pass into the slot from the right corner, which deflected off Dallas center Tyler Seguin before landing at Benn's skates, who finished for his 21st goal of the season.

Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski tried to beat Schneider with a wrister from the slot off the rush at 16:09 of the second, but the Devils goalie denied his effort.

Lehtonen was similarly tested 14 seconds before the second intermission with a close-range wrister from Zubrus, an effort Lehtonen turned away.

Dallas finished the second period with six shots, giving them 10 through two periods. New Jersey had seven in the middle frame, giving them 14 shots through 40 minutes.

Nichushkin sent a wrister Schneider's way at 10:06 of the third from the left circle, a shot that deflected off Schneider before he covered the puck to freeze play.

Schneider also denied an attempted tip-in by Garbutt with 2:32 remaining in regulation.

Lehtonen left the ice with 1:39 remaining as the game finished in a 4-on-4 situation after Benn and Jagr (hooking) were called for penalties at 18:21 of the third.

Lehtonen stopped 21 shots for Dallas.

NOTES: Devils C Jacob Josefson and C Andrei Loktionov were scratched. ... Stars D Kevin Connauton and C Dustin Jeffrey, who was recalled from AHL Texas on Thursday, were scratched. ... New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer played seven defensemen with D Eric Gelinas being his extra man. ... Stars G Kari Lehtonen started his ninth consecutive game. ... New Jersey RW Jaromir Jagr and RW Michael Ryder, both former Stars, were playing in Dallas for the first time since being traded. Jagr, who spent part of last season in Dallas, was traded last February to Boston. Ryder spent a season and a half in Dallas before being traded to Montreal around the same time. ... Dallas had just four shots in the first period, equaling a season low. ... With their second-period power-play goal by C Travis Zajac, the Devils now have nine power-play goals over their last nine games. ... Announced attendance was 14,237.
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