NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Zach Parise made sure the night the New Jersey Devils honored former captain Scott Niedermayer ended on a winning note by scoring a goal and setting up three others in a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday.
David Clarkson, rookie Adam Henrique, Ilya Kovalchuk, Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias also scored as the Devils won their third straight and snapped the Stars' and rookie goaltender Richard Backman's three-game winning streak.
Johan Hedberg finished with 33 saves for the Devils.
Michael Ryder, Brendan Morrow and Toby Petersen scored for the Pacific Division-leading Stars, who went 3-2 on a road trip that covered 6.500 miles.
Niedermayer, who helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003 while wearing No. 27, became the third Devils player to have his number retired.
It was appropriate that on a night the Devils honored a former captain, that the current captain led the way.
Parise made the biggest play of the game, with the Devils trailing 2-1 early in the second period and the Stars on a power play. He stripped the puck from defenseman Stephane Robidas just over the Dallas blue line, skated into the zone and found Henrique between the circles for a one-timer that tied it 2-2.
After that it was all New Jersey.
Kovalchuk put the Devils ahead for good at 12:12 of the middle period by taking a drop pass from Parise and ripping a shot over the shoulder of Bachman, who on Thursday night became the first Stars goalie to win his first three starts by beating the Islanders.
Sykora, who played with Niedermayer on the Devils' 2000 championship team, stretched the margin to 4-2 late in the period by tapping the rebound of Cam Janssen's shot out of the air and into the net.
Parise gave the Devils a three-goal lead in the third period, redirecting a perfect pass by rookie Adam Larsson past a defenseless Bachman.
Ryder gave the Stars a 1-0 lead by putting in the rebound of Loui Eriksson's shot at 8:40 of the first period, but Clarkson tied it with a bad-angle shot from low in the left circle with less than five minutes left in the period.
Morrow put Dallas ahead again by capping a great tic-tac-toe play. He took a pass from Mike Ribeiro and put the puck into an open net.
Parise then changed the momentum with his steal and feed, and by the end of the night the crowd chanted ''Niedermayer.''
NOTES: Devils D Henrik Tallinder was a late scratch because of back spasms. ... Parise has assists in three straight games. ... Stars C Tomas Vincour sat out after spraining a knee against the Islanders on Thursday. ... Devils C Travis Zajac played for the first time this season after missing 30 games because of an Achilles' tendon injury sustained in the offseason.
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