December 12, 2011
The Devils captain had a goal and two assists in the Devils' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. In the second period, Parise scored on an odd-man rush 56 seconds into the frame. At 5:42, he set up Ilya Kovalchuk's breakaway goal. At 13:23, Parise hit Adam Henrique with an odd-man rush pass for a shorthanded goal to make it 5-2.
No. 2 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos made things interesting in the third period, scoring two goals to cut the Devils' lead to one. In the process, he tied Phil Kessel and Milan Michalek for the NHL lead with 18 goals. Stamkos also picked up a helper on Steve Downie's first-period goal.
No. 3 Star: Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils
The rookie scored the first shorthanded goal of his career — the game-winner — and assisted on goals by Dainius Zubrus and Parise.
Did you know? Tampa slipped to 1-7-0 in their last eight games.
Dishonorable mention: Dwayne Roloson struggled again, giving up three goals on 12 shots in 20:56 of ice time. … Vinny Lecavalier was .353 on 17 faceoffs. … Brett Clark and Steve Downie were a minus-2 for Tampa; Alex Urbom, Zubrus, Nick Palmieri and Ryan Carter were minus-2 for the Devils. … Dominic Moore and Adam Larsson both took two minor penalties.