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NHL: St. Louis 4, New Jersey 3 (SO)

Feb. 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal of a shootout in the opening round Thursday, giving St. Louis a 4-3 decision over New Jersey.

The Blues fell behind 3-2 in the second period and made a goaltending change that turned out to be key.

After Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 12 shots, Brian Elliott came in to shut the door. He stopped all 15 shots he saw in regulation and overtime and then blanked the Devils in the shootout.

Patrik Berglund lifted the Blues into a 3-3 tie with 5:50 left in regulation. St. Louis won the final two games of its three-game road trip.

Zach Parise scored for the Devils in the opening period and New Jersey took the lead in the second on goals from Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias. New Jersey had won five in a row.

Johan Hedberg made 23 saves for the Devils. He got the start in place of regular goaltender Martin Brodeur, who has an ankle injury.

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