(Minneapolis, MN) — New Jersey defenseman John Merrill’s first goal of the year was also the go-ahead tally as the Devils downed the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center last night, 2-1. Adam Henrique scored the game’s first goal minutes into the third period before the Wild tied it less than two minutes later when star player Zach Parise found the net. Merrill netted the decisive goal as the Devils snapped a two-game skid. New Jersey is 21-17-and-5. Darcy Kuemper played well in net for Minnesota, which has alternated wins and losses for five games. The Wild are off today and will host Buffalo tomorrow.