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January 02, 2010
Game 40: Captain Tricky, Devils Defeat Wild 5-3

    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Wild 5-3 in Minnesota on Saturday, January 2, 2010.   Jamie Langenbrunner scored his first career hat trick.

    The Wild outshot the Devils 11-6 in the first period, though neither team scored.

    Dean McAmmond beat Niklas Backstrom at 5:13 of the second period to break the scoreless deadlock.   Patrik Elias was credited with the only assist on McAmmond's fourth goal of the season.

    Jamie Langenbrunner added a power-play goal just 1:44 later to give New Jersey a 2 goal lead.   Patrik Elias and Vladimir Zharkov assisted on Langenbrunner's 11th goal of the season.

    Eric Belanger tipped the puck past Martin Brodeur at 9:08 to get the Wild on the board.   Mikko Koivu scored a short-handed goal at 19:22 to tie the game, 2-2.

    Jamie Langenbrunner scored his second goal of the game on a power-play at 19:56.   Mike Mottau was credited with the only assist on the goal.

    The second period ended with New Jersey leading, 3-2.   The Wild outshot the Devils 9-8 in the period.

    Jay Pandolfo made it 4-2 with a goal at 11:35 of the third period.   Rob Niedermayer and Patrik Elias assisted on Pandolfo's third goal of the season.

    Andrew Brunette got the Wild back within a goal of New Jersey at 16:09.

    Jamie Langenbrunner completed a hat trick with an empty net goal at 19:43   No assists were credited on the goal.

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