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Associated Press
1/10/2007 10:27:38 PM


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Dallas Drake scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and Manny Legace made 24 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

Keith Tkachuk and Dan Hinote also scored for the Blues, who won their second game in two nights, both on the road. Legace held off the Devils in the third period, stopping all 13 shots - including Brian Rafalski's slap shot through a screen in the final seconds.

The Blues followed Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win in Columbus with a determined effort in which they twice overcame one-goal deficits.

After a terrible start to the season, St. Louis has won eight of its last 11.

John Madden and Brian Gionta scored for the Devils, who had won three in a row.

Drake snapped a 2-2 tie by cutting to the net just as Barret Jackman wound up to shoot. Serving as an effective screen, Drake blocked Martin Brodeur's line of sight as the puck bounced off him at 9:35.

Gionta gave the Devils a 2-1 lead 19 seconds into the second as he deflected Patrik Elias' shot past Legace. The goal was Gionta's 20th, and fifth in the last three games.

New Jersey almost got another when Zach Parise hit the crossbar about a minute later. That miss proved costly as the momentum soon swung in the Blues' favour.

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