"The way we played in the third, it seemed like they couldn't play with us," Elias said. "It was like two different games."

NOTES: Avalanche C Paul Stastny (leg) and D Cory Sarich (back) both missed a second consecutive game. Stastny is close to returning and could be back when Colorado plays the Predators in Nashville on Saturday. ... New Jersey activated LW Patrik Elias and C Jacob Josefson from injured reserve and assigned F Mike Sislo to AHL Albany. Josefson was a healthy scratch Thursday. ... The Avalanche recalled D Karl Stollery from AHL Lake Erie and assigned G Sami Aittokallio to the same club. Aittokallio was recalled to serve as G Semyon Varlamov's backup while Jean-Sebastien Giguere recovered from back spasms. ... The Devils' penalty kill began the night ranked third in the NHL, and it successfully killed off all three of the Avalanches' power plays Thursday.