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Tuomo Ruutu scored a goal in the Devils' 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo on Tuesday.

Ruutu ended a 10-game goal scoring drought. He now has two goals and six points in 13 contests with the New Jersey Devils.

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After scoring the winning goal and also notching an assist in Saturday's victory over Carolina, left wing Tuomo Ruutu had two assists Tuesday.

That gives him one goal and three assists in two games playing on the top line with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr. "I want to be physical and, at the same time, I really want to score goals and try to help the team that way, too," said Ruutu, who was acquired a week ago in a trade with Carolina.

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Tuomo Ruutu had two assists in the Devils' 2-1 win over Philadelphia.

That gives Ruutu four points in three games since New Jersey acquired him. He wasn't nearly as effective with Carolina prior to the trade, but Ruutu has meshed well with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr.

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Tuomo Ruutu netted the game-winning goal against his former team, the Hurricanes, in the Devils' 5-4 win Saturday night.

Ruutu also had an assist, so he now has six goals and 18 points on the year. All of a sudden, the Devils' puck luck has turned in their favor. New Jersey has scored four or more goals in five of six games since the Olympic break. Still, Ruutu, because of injuries that have sapped some spark from his game, is years away from the days of being a reasonable offensive producer. Adam Henrique picked up two, with Travis Zajac (goal, two helpers), and Damien Brunner scoring the others. Marek Zidlicky registered two helpers.

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Only three days after being traded for each other, new Devils left wing Tuomo Ruutu and new Hurricanes center Andrei Loktionov will face their former teammates tonight at Prudential Center.

"It's going to feel weird," Ruutu said. "When I was traded to Carolina [in 2008], we played Chicago almost right after that. So, I've experienced that. It's a weird feeling." This is the second time Loktionov, 23, has been traded in his career. The Devils acquired him from Los Angeles last season. It took until November of this season before Loktionov faced the Kings for the first time, though. "It's unusual because I was just there a couple of days ago and I have to play against them," Loktionov said.

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Although he has just 16 points in 57 games this season, Tuomo Ruutu thinks he's getting better as the season goes on.

Ruutu was limited to 17 contests in the shortened campaign due to hip problems and needed surgeries. The effects of that seem to have lingered into the 2013-14 season. "It was a rough start," Ruutu said. "I was injured this summer and I was trying to rehab and it was definitely not easy to come back, but I think I've been playing better lately and, hopefully, I can get some results as well." The Devils acquired Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday.

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Tuomo Ruutu has been traded to New Jersey.

Details of the deal haven't been revealed yet. Ruutu has 16 points in 57 games this season and he adds some grit to New Jersey's forward group.

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Carolina coach Kirk Muller thinks Tuomo Ruutu's Olympic performance could help him down the stretch.

He had one goal and four assists in six games to help Finland capture the bronze medal. "He played really well, played a lot," Muller said. "I think he's probably looking forward to building on that (and) it's probably a confidence-building thing for him." Ruutu has five goals and 16 points in 52 games this season. His name has also been come up in trade rumors and the deadline is set for March 5.

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Tuomo Ruutu scored Finland's lone goal in their 2-1 overtime loss to Canada on Sunday.

Ruutu now has a goal to go along with three assists in Finland's preliminary schedule, pretty solid for the Hurricanes' winger. Jussi Jokinen set Ruutu up in earning his third point of the tournament so far. With the loss, Finland draws fourth seed in the pool and will play either Russia or Norway in the quarterfinals.

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Tuomo Ruutu is looking to go 11 for 11 when it comes to earning a medal in international tournaments.

He's currently representing Finland after helping them medal in 10 previous competitions. "It's one of the strengths of Team Finland that most of the guys know each other well, and they've played with each other before. We're really good friends and really tight," Ruutu said. "A lot of times it feels like, even though you haven't seen guys for a couple of years, when you see them on the first day, you feel like you saw them yesterday and nothing has changed." Finland has looked great early in the 2014 Winter Olympics and certainly is a serious contender to earn a medal.