NEWARK, N.J. — Travis Zajac scored at 5:39 of overtime and the New Jersey Devils avoided elimination and forced Game 7 with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

NEWARK, N.J. — Travis Zajac scored at 5:39 of overtime and the New Jersey Devils avoided elimination and forced Game 7 with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Steve Bernier and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored and Martin Brodeur made 14 saves for New Jersey, which squandered a two-goal lead and had fans dreading another first-round playoff exit until Zajac scored from the right hand circle.

The shot beat Scott Clemmensen to the lower corner and set off a mob scene on the ice.