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Vanek scores twice as Wild beat Devils 6-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thomas Vanek scored twice, Devan Dubnyk stopped 30 shots and the Minnesota Wild beat the new Jersey Devils 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Chris Stewart and Jared Spurgeon each had a goal and an assist for the Wild, and Sean Bergenheim and Jason Pominville also scored for the Wild.

Dubnyk improved to 19-4-1 with Minnesota while making his 26th consecutive start and the 200th of his career. Bergenheim’s goal was his first in seven games since being traded to the Wild in late February.

Dainius Zubrus scored his first goal in 50 games for New Jersey, and Scott Gomez scored his sixth of the season with the Devils trailing by five goals in the third.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello had coached every game since firing Peter DeBoer in late December, but stayed in the press box on Tuesday. Adam Oates was flanked by Tommy Albelin and Scott Stevens on New Jersey’s bench during the game.

Dubnyk’s 26 straight starts are the most in the NHL since Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller started 32 straight in 2011-12. Before joining Minnesota in a trade on Jan. 14, Dubnyk started just 17 games with Arizona.

Bergenheim, Stewart and Spurgeon scored in a span of 5 minutes, 39 seconds from the end of the first period into the second.

After Zubrus made it 3-1, Vanek beat Cory Schneider at 13:01 of the second and the Devils were on their way to just their third regulation loss in 11 games.

Schneider was pulled at 1:18 of the third after Pominville’s goal. He finished with 25 saves.

Minnesota had 14 different players get at least a point in the game.

NOTES: Wild D Marco Scandella missed his fifth straight game with an upper body injury and is expected to be out through the weekend. … Bryce Salvadore (back) and Ryan Clowe (concussion) joined the Devils in Minnesota and will be with the team for the entire three-game road trip even though both players are out for the season. … Injured Wild forwards Jason Zucker (clavicle), Ryan Carter (upper body) and Matt Cooke (sports hernia) all skated Tuesday morning. Cooke and Carter are a couple weeks away from returning, Zucker could be back for the playoffs if the Wild qualify. … New Jersey has allowed six or more goals in four games this season. It’s the sixth time Minnesota has notched at least six goals.

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