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Hat trick for Parise in Devils win

3/2/2012

Captain Zach Parise recorded a hat trick in the Devils' 5-0 rout of the Capitals in and, although he left the game after a hard hit in the second period, appears to be okay.

After recording his 27th goal of the season and third of the night, Parise was crunched between two players in a hard hit that forced him from the game. Parise returned in the third period -- albeit for only one power-play shift -- and told reporters after the game he was just briefly "shaken up" after Brooks' Laich's stick struck him in the jaw.

The 27-year-old tallied twice in the first to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead over the struggling Capitals and notched the third on a snapshot at 3:08 of the second period.

With the decisive win over Washington, the Devils snapped a four-game losing streak; the team secured a point but fell in overtime to Boston 4-3 Thursday.

Goaltender Johan Hedberg made 23 saves to post his third shutout of the season and his first win since February 4.