VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Jan Hlavac scored twice and Peter Skudra stopped 32 shots for his first win in three weeks Saturday night as the Vancouver Canucks held on for a 4-2 triumph over the New Jersey Devils.
Defensemen Mattias Ohlund and Brent Sopel ended long goal-scoring droughts for Vancouver, which has recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since a three-game winning streak from Nov. 11-15.
Since scoring a career-high 28 goals last season, Hlavac has been traded twice in four months. But he has earned a spot on the Canucks' top line with five points in as many games with his new team.
Skudra was spectacular in the third period, when he stopped all 12 shots to protect a 3-2 lead. Hlavac got the clinching goal with 3:54 remaining, poking in a rebound as he charged down the slot after rookie J.F. Damphousse made an off-balance stop on Andrew Cassels.
Scott Gomez set up both goals for New Jersey, which has just one win in its last five games (1-2-2) and remained just two points ahead of last-place Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Division.