Palmieri, Hedberg lead Devils past Stars

Nick Palmieri scored a power-play goal with 5:37 left and Johan Hedberg stopped 19 shots for his 17th NHL shutout as the New Jersey Devils extended their season-high winning streak to eight with a 1-0 victory over the slumping Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

With newly-acquired Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski in the penalty box for high-sticking, Ilya Kovalchuk mis-hit a shot from the left point, but Palmieri was set up to the right of the net and he deflected the puck past Kari Lehtonen for his sixth goal.

The assist gave Kovalchuk an 11-game point streak.

The surging Devils are 16-1-2 in their last 19 to move closer to playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.

It was Hedberg's second 1-0 victory in three games. He also topped the New York Rangers on Friday night as he fills in for Martin Brodeur as the No. 1 goalie recovers from a knee injury.

Lehtonen had 22 saves, but the Stars' season-worst losing streak reached five games. Dallas is 2-10-1 in its last 13 games to fall out of first place in the Pacific Division.

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire gave Hedberg his seventh straight start even though Brodeur is ready to play after missing more than two weeks because of a sprained knee ligament. Hedberg has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last seven starts.

Goligoski made his Stars debut after he was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, skating on the top pair with Stephane Robidas.

Stars forward Brian Sutherby had a near-miss with about 2:30 left in the second period, but Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov stopped the puck at the goal line.

Dallas right wing Jamie Langenbrunner played against the Devils for the first time since the former new Jersey captain was traded on Jan. 7. Langenbrunner waived his no-trade clause to rejoin the Stars, the team that drafted him in 1993.

Notes: Forward Jamie Benn was back in the Stars lineup after missing 10 games with a shoulder injury. ... Dallas is still without C Brad Richards (concussion-like symptoms), D Nicklas Grossman (hip), C Adam Burish (broken orbital bone), RW Krys Barch (scratched cornea and fractured orbital bone), and RW Ray Sawada (separated shoulder). ... The Devils had lost four straight in Dallas. New Jersey's previous road victory over the Stars was March 10, 2002. ... New Jersey LW Patrik Elias drew a double minor for high-sticking at 4:25 of the second period, but the Stars generated few scoring chances.