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Travis Zajac technically scored the game-winning goal in the Devils' 4-3 overtime win against Anaheim on Wednesday.

What actually happened was Zajac kicked the puck to Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller and after that was stopped, Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy's clearing attempt bounced off Corey Perry and into the goal. So basically Anaheim accidentally scored on themselves and Zajac just got credit for the goal as a matter of course. "I'll take them any way," Zajac said. "That was one of the luckiest goals I've ever scored, but I'll take those any day of the week."

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Travis Zajac is turning his slow start to 2013-14 around as he's posted four points during his last five outings.

Zajac started 2013-14 in tremendously slow fashion with four points in the first 14 contests, but has produced a nice turn around with four points during the last five games. One of the big keys to his turnaround has been the fact that he's been spending a lot of his shifts alongside Jaromir Jagr (close to 75 percent). His shots on goal per game average (1.4) is still a bit low to make him an elite fantasy option, but if you're desperate for help up the middle, Zajac is definitely an option considering he's just five percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

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Travis Zajac's goal on Sunday was the 100th of his NHL career.

Zajac has been slumping this season with only two goals and five points in 15 games. He is a top-six player so perhaps this goal will break him out of his slump.

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Travis Zajac (ankle) will be back in the Devils' lineup on Thursday.

Zajac was sidelined for two games due to the ailment. He'll try to provide an offensive boost to a team that wasn't able to score a single goal during his absence. That said, Zajac has been cold too with just a goal and four points in 12 games this season.

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Travis Zajac (ankle) will not play Saturday night.

He rolled his right ankle when he caught a rut in the ice Friday. It is unclear whether he will travel with the team to Minnesota for Sunday's game. Jacob Josefson will play in his place.

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Travis Zajac acknowledged it will be a "little bit" strange to play against Zach Parise on Sunday.

Parise spent his first seven seasons with the Devils, but will now face them for the first time Sunday. "It will probably be weirder for him than us," Zajac said. "You play against guys that you played with all the time now. Obviously, he was a big part of the team when he was here. Now, we get the chance to try and shut him down."

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Travis Zajac didn't complete Friday's morning skate because he rolled his ankle.

Zajac called the decision to get off the ice early a "precaution" and he still expected to play Saturday. Devils coach Pete DeBoer shares Zajac's optimism.

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Travis Zajac scored his first goal of the campaign Thursday as the Devils were beaten in Ottawa by a score of 5-2.

The power play marker, assisted by Marek Zidlicky and Patrik Elias, was just the third point of the young season for Zajac. Steve Bernier also tallied for New Jersey in the loss.

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Travis Zajac isn't worried about the predictions that the New Jersey Devils will have a terrible year.

"It's the same every year," Zajac said. "I definitely don't think we get the respect sometimes we deserve, but we've got a quiet confidence about ourselves right now." Various organizations have predicted that the Devils will finish near the bottom of the NHL after losing Ilya Kovalchuk. Their offense is certainly an area of concern and they'll be looking for others like Zajac to step up. Zajac is entering the first season of an eight-year/$46 million contract.

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Travis Zajac was caught off guard by Ilya Kovalchuk's retirement.

"It's definitely a little bit of a shocker," Zajac said. "I didn't really see that coming." Zajac is among the players the Devils will need more from offensively with Kovalchuk gone. Zajac had seven goals and 20 points in 48 games last season, but he's capable of reaching the 60-point mark if things go his way in 2013-14.