Surging Devils beat Chicago for second time in a week

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CHICAGO (AP) Sergey Kalinin scored a power-play goal with 2:27 left and the New Jersey Devils beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Thursday night for their second victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions in a week.

With Patrick Kane off for high sticking, Corey Crawford stopped Kyle Palmieri‘s shot from the left circle. But Kalinin was alone at the edge of the crease and slipped the rebound in the net.

Adam Henrique and Palmieri scored in the second to put New Jersey ahead, Cory Schneider made 27 saves and the Devils rebounded after a 2-0 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday night. New Jersey has won three of four – including a 4-2 win over Chicago last Friday night – and is 9-3-0 after starting 0-3-1.

Chicago rookie Artemi Panarin scored from a sharp angle with 6:41 left in the third to tie the game at 2. Kane assisted on that one and scored a 5-on-3 goal in the first period to extend his point streak to 11 games. He has eight goals and 11 assists during the run.

Crawford stopped 19 shots, and the Blackhawks lost for the third time in four games. They’ve only won two of their last seven.

Kane opened the scoring after the Devils defense pair of John Moore and Damon Severson were both sent off for minor penalties on the same play.

Kane beat Schneider with a high shot on the short side from the right circle for his 11th goal, completing a crisp passing sequence with Jonathan Toews and Teuvo Teravainen across the top of the crease.

Henrique and Palmieri connected in the second to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.

Henrique fooled Crawford from 35 feet out 59 seconds into the period to knot it 1-1 with his team-leading eighth goal. With the Blackhawks defense backing in, Henrique snapped off a quick shot from the middle and beat Crawford high on the stick side.

Palmieri slipped behind Chicago’s confused defense, streaked to the net and popped in a loose rebound from the edge of the crease with 2:59 left in the period to put New Jersey ahead.

Crawford stretched to his left to make a glove save on Kalinin’s quick shot from high in the slot, but couldn’t handle the puck or recover in time to stop Palmieri after Chicago veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook and rookie Viktor Svedberg got crossed up on coverage.

Panarin tied it with his third goal in two games moments after Crawford made a point-blank pad save on Mike Cammalleri. Panarin finished Chicago’s rush by beating Schneider with a quick shot high on the stick side.

NOTES: Chicago D Duncan Keith, a two-time Norris Trophy winner and MVP of last season’s playoffs, is close to returning from his Oct. 20 knee surgery (right meniscus). Keith has been cleared for contact. … Chicago D Michal Rozsival, who had surgery after suffering a fractured left ankle against Minnesota in last spring’s playoffs, also is close to rejoining the lineup. … Blackhawks F Ryan Garbutt missed his second game win an undisclosed illness. … New Jersey C Jiri Tlusty sat out and was replaced in the lineup by F Stefan Matteau. Tlusty missed two games at the start of the month with a shoulder injury. … The Blackhawks recalled F Brandon Mashinter from AHL Rockford for the game.