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Patrik Elias scored three goals for his first career hat trick as the New Jersey Devils beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-1 in what could have been a preview of next spring's Stanley Cup finals.

"We're getting that feeling back like we had last year, that coming into a game we can win games for this team or score some goals," Elias said.

Elias is playing on a line with Jason Arnott and Petr Sykora and the trio combined five goals and five assists in the game. Since Arnott ended a holdout on Nov. 19 and rejoined Sykora and Elias, the line has combined for 12 goals in seven games.

"It's a fun line to play on," Arnott said. "When those two are going, we can create a lot and work off each other. And there is no question we can get better if we stay focused and keep listening to Larry [Robinson]."

Shjon Podein scored for the Avs, who suffered only their fifth loss this season.

"It was our worst game of the season," said goalie Patrick Roy, who was pulled after allowing four goals on 22 shots. "We've had some bad stretches but for 60 minutes, this was the worst. This was a struggle."

"We were really ready, we were scared of them," Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said. "This was a team that was really successful, with a lot of different ways to beat you and we were focused on playing a solid game offensively and defensively."

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