March 31, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) celebrates his 2nd period goal with teammates against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

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The Devils downed the Senators 4-2 on Saturday afternoon to finish the regular season with 102 points.

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2012 NHL Playoffs Schedule: Devils Vs. Panthers And The Rest Of The Eastern Conference

The New Jersey Devils polished off their regular season with a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. The result helped finalize the 2012 NHL Playoff first-round match-ups and TV schedule, which features the No. 6-seeded Devils playing the No. 3 Florida Panthers.

Here's a look at the series schedule and TV coverage:

Friday, April 13 7 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
Sunday, April 15 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NBC Sports Network, TSN
Tuesday, April 17 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
Thursday, April 19 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
*Saturday, April 21 6:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Florida at New Jersey TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD New Jersey at Florida TBD

Here's how the rest of the Eastern Conference shapes out.

No. 1 New York Rangers vs. No. 8 Ottawa Senators: The Sens' won the season-series 3-1.
No. 2 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals: The Caps won the season-series 3-1.
No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers: This inter-state rivalry featured Flyers winning the season series 4-2

Here's what the Western Conference looks like:


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Devils Vs. Red Wings Final Score: New Jersey Clips Detroit 2-1

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Petr Sykora scored the winner in the third period as the New Jersey Devils took a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Despite the win, New Jersey will sit in the sixth seed when the playoffs start as Philadelphia locked in the fifth spot with its win over Buffalo on Thursday. However, the Devils' opponent is not known yet as it could be either Washington or Florida.

Alexei Ponikarovsky scored the other goal while Martin Brodeur made 23 stops for the Devils, who have won their past five games.

"These guys can roll lines all game at you and it's nice to get a win against them," said Broduer. "We got some bounces tonight and we're able to take advantage of them."

Tomas Holmstrom scored the only goal of the game for the Red Wings, who have fallen to fifth in the Western Conference after Nashville beat Dallas on Thursday to move one point ahead of Detroit.

Jimmy Howard gave up both goals on 21 shots in the loss.

With the game tied in the third, the Devils went ahead on Sykora's 20th of the season. Dainius Zubrus sent a pass behind the net to Patrik Elias, who quickly threw it out front where Sykora wristed it home with 8:40 to play.

Brodeur needed to make just four stops in the third period to help the Devils to the victory.

"We made a mistake there where one guy slips by us and it cost us the game," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "Aside from that one mistake I thought we played a good game."

Ponikarovsky scored the only goal of the first period halfway through when he jammed in a rebound at the right side after Peter Harrold danced around a couple of defenders in front to get the puck on net.

The Red Wings tied the game on the power play at the 6:13 mark of the second. Valtteri Filppula gained the blueline at the right side and sent a pass over to the left for Jiri Hudler, who then fed it back to the right and Holmstrom had an open net for his 11th of the season.

Sykora has notched at least 20 goals in 11 of his past 12 seasons...Detroit hosts Chicago on Saturday...New Jersey won in Detroit for the first time since November 6, 1996, having dropped nine straight...The Devils, which went 24-15-2 on the road this season, host Ottawa on Saturday.

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Hurricanes Vs. Devils Final Score: New Jersey Blanks Carolina, 5-0

Five different players scored and goaltender Martin Brodeur made 22 saves to help the New Jersey Devils shutout the Carolina Hurricanes in an Eastern Conference contest at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. The victory was the Devils fourth straight and improved their overall record to 45-28-6 (96 points), good enough to clinch a playoff berth.

David Clarkson, Ilya Kovalchuk, Ryan Carter, Petr Sykora and Zach Parise each scored goals, respectively, the most coming in a three-game second period that ended with New Jersey ahead 4-0. From there, Brodeur did the rest of the work making nine saves in the third en route to his third shutout of the season.

Kovalchuk finished the game with a team-high three points (a goal and two assists), while Patrik Elias added two apples.

On Tuesday, the Devils host the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center at 7 p.m. ET.

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Devils Vs. Lightning Final Score: New Jersey Wins 6-4 Over Tampa Bay

The New Jersey Devils did everything in their power to secure their bid for the 2012 NHL Playoffs on Thursday night, taking out the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4 at home. Unfortunately, the Washington Capitals didn't hold up their end of the bargain by defeating the Bruins 3-2 in an overtime shootout, technically leaving the door open for the Devils to miss the playoffs.

At 44-28-6 on the season, it would take a lot at this point for New Jersey to fall out of sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Thursday, they certainly proved they have the offensive horsepower for a solid postseason run. New Jersey ended the first period down 1-0, then exploded for four goals in the second to take a 4-3 lead into the third. They added two more in the second to make the score 6-3 before Trevor Smith found net with nine seconds to go to make the score more respectable for the Lightning.

Despite the outburst, no player picked up more than two points for the Devils. Patrik Elias had two assists, and Ilya Kovalchuk had one goal and one assist. Dainius Zubrus, Jacob Josefson, Marek Zidlicky, Alexei Ponikarovsky and David Clarkson all found net. Ryan Malone scored three goals for Tampa Bay for the fourth hat trick of his career.



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Devils Vs. Lightning Preview: New Jersey Inching Closer To Postseason

The New Jersey Devils have an opportunity to punch their postseason ticket on Thursday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning, and it comes in the form of securing at least a point of their combined with a regulation loss by the Washington Capitals, who take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on the road.

The Devils know the challenge at hand with Tampa, and that's slowing down Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who ripped his 54th and 55th goals of the season the last time he took the ice. That puts him nine tallies clear of the rest of the NHL, and he's remained the lone bright spot in an otherwise downtrodden season for his team.

New Jersey has taken two of three match ups with Tampa this season, but the Lightning beat the Devils on Feb. 26, the last time they squared off.

Game Time: 7 p.m. EST

TV Coverage: MSG

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Devils Vs. Blackhawks Final Score: Devils Win 2-1 Following Overtime Shootout

Martin Brodeur turned back four of five shooters to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in an overtime shootout on Tuesday night. Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias scored in the extra period to help New Jersey snap a two-game losing streak.

Brodeur recorded 37 saves combined in regulation and overtime, only getting beat once on a 58-foot Brent Seabrook slapshot midway through the third period. Corey Crawford didn't quite face the same onslaught as Brodeur, but still played well in net while turning back 21 of 22 shots against. The Devils led for nearly 33 minutes after Petr Sykora scored on a power play with just over four minutes to play in the first period.

The Devils will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday before closing out the week on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.



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Devils Vs. Penguins Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The New Jersey Devils will look to move a few points closer of locking up a NHL playoff berth Sunday, as they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Atlantic Division contest at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on MSG). The Devils (42-27-6, 90 points) will also be trying to take the six-game season series, which features New Jersey ahead 3-2.

The task will not be easy, however, as the Penguins have won nine straight games at home and are still in the hunt for the Eastern Conference's top seed in the playoffs.

On Saturday, the Pens lost to the Ottawa Senators, 8-4, while the Devils were edged by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, in a shootout on Friday. The loss dropped the Devils to 2-3-1 over their last six games, but they do sit comfortably in six-place in the Easter Conference standings.

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Devils 1, Senators 0: Kovalchuk Nets 400th Goal In Win Over Ottawa

Both the New Jersey Devils and the Ottawa Senators put 34 shots on net Tuesday night, but neither team was able to generate much offense.

Ilya Kovalchuk was the difference, scoring the 400th goal of his career on a power play one-timer from Marek Zidlicky late in the second period of a 1-0 win for the Devils

Johan Hedberg also played an important role, recording his second shutout in three games and fifth of the season. The defense obviously didn't do much to curb the number of shots he faced, but it did do a nice job cleaning up rebounds and eliminating second chance opportunities. Ben Bishop had a nice night in net for the Senators as well, though he'll get credited for the loss.

Zach Parise put eight shots on goal to lead all players on the night. The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Devils in Ottawa. New Jersey will host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday before visiting the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.



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Senators Vs. Devils: New Jersey Looks To End Losing Skid At Ottawa

The New Jersey Devils will get a chance to move one step closer to solidifying a Eastern Conference playoff spot while also ending a four-game losing streak at the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night (7:30 p.m. ET on MSG-Plus). The Devils (41-27-5, 87 points) sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings and could push its lead on the last playoff spot to nine points with a victory Tuesday, while the Senators are in seventh place, four points ahead of the last spot.

On Monday, the Devils dropped its third game in four tries in a rough-and-tumble contest with tri-state rival the New York Rangers, 4-2. The recent struggles could be attributed to the play of star Ilya Kovalchuk who has netted zero goals in the last four games.

Meanwhile, Ottawa has dropped five of its last eight games and are looking to take a 2-1 season series lead over the Devils, which lost at the Senators on Jan. 2.

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Devils 4, Rangers 1: 3-Goal Third Period Powers Devils Past Rangers

The New York Rangers played an uncharacteristically sloppy game, and the New Jersey Devils took full advantage Tuesday night at Prudential Center by routing the NHL's top team 4-1 thanks in large part to a 3-goal third period.

At the Rangers' morning skate prior to the game Tuesday, coach John Tortorella told the press that despite New York's record, he saw a lot of room for improvement in his club, saying they needed to work on "everything." Those words seem prophetic now, as a lack of defensive structure and puck discipline resulted in a very discouraging loss for the Rangers.

The first goal was a warning to the Blueshirts that this one could be a long one, as Ilya Kovalchuk pounced on a puck Marian Gaborik lost in the neutral zone, then proceeded to make a number of Rangers players look foolish. The last of which was Ryan McDonagh, who fell down on the play. Kovalchuk, 26 goals, was all over the ice, finishing with a game-high eight shots on goal while breaking his 10-game goalless streak.

About two minutes after the goal, Brandon Dubinsky fought Ryan Carter and left the game after injuring his hand. It was another sign of the Rangers being undisciplined; there was no need for Dubinsky to fight there, and now it may cost him down the line. (The team will update his status Wednesday.)

New York may have only trailed by two in shots (11-9), but it was lucky to go to the break only down one goal as the Devils thoroughly dominated the pace of the period.

The Rangers looked like a different team in the second period, as a run of slow starts followed up by kicking the effort up a notch in later periods continued. Carl Hagelin stole a puck from a Devils defender behind the night and passed it to Derek Stepan in point-blank range for a hight wrist shot on Martin Brodeur to tie the game. The Rangers finished the period outshooting New Jersey 14-7, and that was pretty indicative of the play. Brodeur had 25 saves.

However, the third period was an ugly one if you were a New York fan. David Clarkson scored his 26th goal when Petr Sykora's shot deflected off his leg. Ryan Carter then scored on the Devils' next shot via a Dan Girardi turnover to pretty much put the game out of reach just 4:21 into the period. Henrik Lundqvist finished the game with 23 saves.

The Rangers held the score at 3-1, and they had a chance to gain some momentum on a power play four minutes after the Devils' third goal. But the man advantage came up empty as New Jersey tightened up its defense (allowing only three shots all period) and Patrik Elias potted the empty-netter to put the nail in the Rangers' coffin.

The season series now sits 3-2 in favor of New Jersey, with the final game to be played at Madison Square Garden in mid-March. The win gave the Devils a 37-24-5 record and 79 points, 12 behind the Rangers, who have a 41-16-7 record on the year.



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Rangers vs. Devils: New Jersey Looks To Get Back On Track Against Rivals

After a hot start to the second half of the season, the New Jersey Devils are struggling. They're just 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and have slipped from fourth place in the conference to sixth, one point ahead of the Ottawa Senators.

Tuesday night, a matchup against the top-seeded New York Rangers could help to get the Devils back on track. The two Atlantic Division rivals square off tonight at the Prudential Center. Gametime is 7 p.m. and can be seen on MSG Plus.

New Jersey has lost four of its last five games, the most recent defeat coming in a 1-0 loss to the New York Islanders Sunday at Nassau Coliseum. Kyle Okposo scored the game's only goal, beating Martin Brodeur at the 2:39 mark of the second period. Anders Nilsson stopped 24 shots. The Devils managed just 12 shots over the first two periods, and captain Zach Parise said afterward the Devils played themselves out of a win.

"I think it was more we did it to ourselves," he told Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. "For the first 40 minutes we played into their hands. We didn't come out of our zone with the puck at all. We turned the puck over a lot and we're pretty easy to play against when we do that. So, we did it to ourselves I thought."

The Rangers, meanwhile, have continued to find ways to win. Their 91 points are a league-high, one ahead of the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks. They've won three of their last four games, the latest being a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers held leads of 2-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but lost them all as the Bruins tied the game three separate times. However, the Rangers ultimately came out on top, with Derek Stepan tallying the game-winning goal at the 12:21 mark in the third period.

The Devils and Rangers have split the season series, with each winning two games. New York won the most recent meeting 2-0 February 27 at MSG. Carl Hagelin scored the game-winning goal in the first period and Ryan Callahan added an empty-net goal to seal the win. The Devils recorded just 13 shots on net in the loss.

The game continues a stretch of division games for New Jersey. They will face the Islanders twice more this week.


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Islanders Vs. Devils: New Jersey, New York Begin Rare Three-Game Set

Its not often that two NHL franchises face each other three times in the same week, but that's what the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders will kick start Sunday (3 p.m. ET on MSG+) at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. The Devils (36-23-5, 77 points) will see the Islanders (27-29-9, 63 points) again on Thursday and Saturday night.

On Saturday, the Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Boston Bruins 3-2. Despite the win, New York has lost five of its last seven games, including one at home.

Meanwhile, the Devils ended a four-game losing streak Friday with a victory at the Washington Capitals. New Jersey is trying to desperately hang on to its sixth-place Eastern Conference playoff spot, which is just one point head of seventh-place Ottawa Senators.

So far, the season series between these two franchises is split as the Devils won the opener 1-0 on Nov. 25, while the Isles clipped New Jersey, 3-2, on Nov. 26th.

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Rangers 2, Devils 0: Henrik Lundqvist Notches Eighth Shutout; Rangers Prevail In Defensive Showcase

If you're a hockey fan down to the core, then you enjoyed Monday night's game between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, one with 28 combined shots. If you're a Rangers fan disappointed with the squad not bringing in Columbus star Rick Nash, then this should be a reminder that they can win games because they're so fundamentally sound on defense and have a Vezina Trophy-worthy goaltender. The Devils got a taste of that in their 2-0 loss at Madison Square Garden, as Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves for his eighth shutout of the year and the defense was smothering all night long.

Let's just set this straight: Neither team was particularly impressive on offense, and that was 100 percent due to the defensive-zone play of both sides, which limited both teams' ability to generate quality scoring chances.

What the Rangers did do, however, was take advantage of some soft coverage early on in the first, and they rode the lead throughout the game. Carl Hagelin's 11th of the year came on solid board play from Dan Girardi, who sent the puck down low to Ryan Callahan, who then freed himself for the tap pass to Hagelin at the side of the crease. The rookie quickly shot a bad-angle shot on Martin Brodeur, who was slow to cover the left post.

Callahan would pot the empty netter in the closing minute.

There obviously wasn't much offense in this one: the Rangers only finished with a 15 to 13 edge, but there was enough physicality (37 hits to 24), especially in the second period when their were two fights and 42 total penalty minutes.

Each team had their chances to find the back of the net, but there were none better than Ilya Kovalchuk's in the third period. Flying down the left flank he wristed a high-rising shot that Lundqvist snared with his glove.

New Jersey has hit a slight lull in its game, losing the past three games. The Rangers haven't played very well over the past two weeks, but this was a return to their defensive minded hockey. New York blanketed the Devils forwards all night, keeping their top dogs quiet throughout, and controlled the neutral zone for the most part. There were very few plus scoring chances, and probably no second-chance ones. New York has won two straight.




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Rangers Vs. Devils: New York Hosts New Jersey On Monday Night

The New York Rangers host the New Jersey Devils on Monday at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. (TV: NBC Sports Network).

The Rangers will be looking for their 100th all-time win in the series with the Devils. The series has been tight as of late with 11 of the past 15 meetings having been decided by two goals or less. The series stands at 99-83-27-6 in favor of New York. However, the Devils lead the series this season 2-1.

The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference entering the game. New York won their last game while the Devils are looking to avoid losing three in a row in regulation for the first time in nearly three months.

Martin Brodeur might be in net for the Devils although he hasn't appeared on consecutive days all season. Brodeur remains the best option between the pipes for New Jersey on the road. In his last 11 road games this season, Brodeur has gone 9-0-1 with a 1.84 GAA. Rangers winger Ryan Callahan is fresh off his 100th goal of his career and will be looking to get his 25th goal this season on Monday.

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Devils Vs. Maple Leafs Final Score: Mark Fayne Scores Game Winner In Overtime

It was a rough night for Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who let in four goals off of 32 shots faced against the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night. None was bigger than his handling of a Mark Fayne slapshot from the blueline that just barely sneaked in glove-side to clinch Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

Petr Sykora scored, then added an assist on David Clarkson's goal later in the first period to put New Jersey up 2-0. The Leafs scored two straight to tie the game before Alexei Ponikarovsky put the Devils back up by one. The Devils were headed for victory going into the final minute of regulation, but Phil Kessel netted the equalizing goal off a deflection with just 44 seconds left in the third.

The win was the Devils' fourth straight, elevating them one point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey is at home for the rest of the week, hosting the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.


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Devils Vs. Canadiens Final Score: New Jersey Wins On The Road, 3-1

The New Jersey Devils earned their third straight win Sunday night, downing the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 at Bell Centre in Quebec. Only Max Pacioretty bested Martin Brodeur on the night, scoring on a power play early in the third period. Otherwise, Brodeur was mostly left alone throughout the night, turning back 21 shots on net.

The Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Habs could respond. Late in the first period, Zach Parise deflected a shot from the top of the faceoff circle by Ilya Kovalchuk into the net behind Carey Price. In the second, the Devils scored on another tip-in, this time off the stick of David Clarkson assisted by Patrik Elias.

Matt Taormina capped the scoring with a long slapshot past the faceoff circle into the right side of the net. Price had just 22 saves on 25 shots faced Sunday night. The Devils will cap their Canadian road trip at Toronto on Tuesday.



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Devils Vs. Rangers Final Score: Martin Brodeur Pitches Shutout In Win

The New Jersey Devils won their fifth straight Tuesday night, taking down the New York Rangers 1-0 thanks to a David Clarkson power play goal in the first quarter. Martin Brodeur earned first star honors on the night, however, turning back all 30 Rangers shot attempts for his first shutout of the season.

The Rangers thought they scored the game-tying goal with just 3.5 seconds left in regulation. Yet, the goal was disallowed when Marian Gaborik was whistled for goaltender interference after crashing into Brodeur in the crease. The play was the last of a third-quarter offensive onslaught by the Rangers. New York out-shot New Jersey 15-1 in the period. Rookie Carl Hagelin had a great opportunity to score on a wrister early in the third, but Brodeur was on top of his game all night.

The Devils had just 22 shots on goal for the night, compared to 30 for the Rangers. New York also held a 26-17 advantage on faceoffs. However, the Devils got the win, their second over the Rangers in the past week.

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Devils 4, Rangers 3 (SO): David Clarkson, Ilya Kovalchuk 'Bounce' Blueshirts In Shootout

The New Jersey Devils were on the brink of dropping their fourth straight game when an innocent dump-in went their way. With 47.6 seconds left against the visiting New York Rangers, Andy Greene's dump-in off the back boards took a fortuitous carom straight to David Clarkson at the front of the net, who tied the game at 3-3, and the Devils ultimately prevailed in a shootout, 4-3. New Jersey has a remarkable (and league-leading) nine shootout victories on the season.

It's a bitter way for the Rangers to end a game -- the first for both teams since the All-Star break -- as they played extremely well with all the circumstances of not having played in six days, despite blowing three leads in the game. It was one game, but New Jersey showed it has the resiliency to continue to bounce back against what is still the Eastern Conference's top team -- with 67 points -- by one point. The Devils' win moves them to seventh place, one point ahead of Toronto.

The first period was actually unexpectedly quiet. Typically, one thinks of the divisional rival games as uptempo and full of energy. But the first was the total opposite. Both teams were strong defensively, limiting the opposition to very few second-chance opportunities. Anton Stralman, who played a very strong game defensively and offensively, was rewarded at 19:27 with his second goal of the year off a rebound from a Marian Gaborik shot.

New Jersey answered back about midway through the second period, however, when Zach Parise picked up his own rebound a roofed a shot over Martin Biron on his short side for a truly brilliant goal. For the second game in a row between these two teams, they'd go into the third period tied, 1-1.

Brian Boyle notched his fourth of the year after a Stu Bickel rebound rolled to him. He collected it and waited patiently as Martin Brodeur laid sprawled out on the ice trying to block any sort of angle for a shot. Ilya Kovalchuk, who was all over the ice in this one, notched an easy goal on a power-play rush point-blank blast after Ryan Callahan's offensive-zone giveaway.Thirty-six seconds later Michael Del Zotto answered right back, as Marian Gaborik fluttered a cross-ice back-hand pass to Del Zotto in the offensive zone. The jubilation would be short-lived with the lead lasting 3 minutes, 11 seconds after the crazy ricochet to Clarkson.

Kovalchuk was the only one to score in the shootout. Brodeur made 23 saves for his 15th win of the year, while Biron lost only his third game, making 26 saves.

New Jersey will get a day break before hosting the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, while New York travels to Buffalo for a clash on Wednesday.




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Bruins Vs. Devils Final Score: Boston Nets Four In The Third Period For Win

The Boston Bruins put on a late offensive clinic on Thursday night, notching all four of their goals in the third period to take down the New Jersey Devils. The Bruins have won all three meetings between the two teams this season.

After being stonewalled by Martin Brodeur for most of the night, Andrew Ference tied the game up at 1-1 with a powerful slapshot from the top of the left faceoff circle early in the third period. The Bruins' next two goals came just 35 second apart from one another, with Nathan Horton scoring on a powerplay and Gregory Campbell capitalizing on rebound off a shot by Shawn Thornton to push the score to 3-1.

Petr Sykora scored at the end of the first period and the Devils held the Bruins to just 12 shots through the first 40 minutes of the game. Boston managed 13 shots in the third period, however, giving New Jersey their first loss in four games.

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Henrique, Larsson Picked As Youngstars; Devils Have No All-Stars

The New Jersey Devils will have two players going to All-Star weekend in Ottawa, but none will play in the showcase game.

The NHL announced that both Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson were two of 12 rookies chosen to participate in this year's all-star activities.

Henrique ranks second among rookies with 34 points (13g, 21a). His 13 goals are tied for first among first-year players, and he's second in assists. He trails fellow rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins by one point.

Larsson ranks second among all rookies in time on ice, averaging 21:41 per game. In 41 games this season, he's collected 14 points (2g, 12a).

The Devils won't have a representative in this year's All-Star game. They join the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets as teams without a representative for the game. Out of those four teams, New Jersey is the only one among the top eight teams in their conference.

New Jersey is also the only team from the Atlantic Division without a representative for the game.

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Devils 2, Oilers 1 (OT): Devils Specialty Teams Key Win Over Oilers

There haven't been too many nights when both the New Jersey Devils powerplay and penalty kill were successful.

Tonight, they both worked to perfection.

The Devils scored two goals - one on the penalty kill, and one on the powerplay - to defeat the Edmonton Oilers, 2-1, in overtime at Rexall Place.

Zach Parise scored the game-winning goal, netting a powerplay tally at 1:06 of the overtime period. With Corey Potter in the box for tripping, Patrik Elias held the puck near the goal line. He faked a shot, then sent the puck past the outstretched stick of Nikolai Khabibulin and to Parise in front. The Devils' captain tapped the puck in the open net for his 15th goal of the season.

It was the third straight game the Devils scored a powerplay goal. It's the first time the team has scored a powerplay goal in three straight games since November 15 - November 19.

The Devils penalty kill, one of the best in the league, opened the scoring in the second period.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored a shorthanded goal at 8:35 to put New Jersey ahead. With David Clarkson in the penalty box serving an interference penalty, Kovalchuk stole the puck from Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry at the right point. He skated in alone on Nikolai Khabibulin, wristing a shot over the goalie's glove for his team-leading 17th goal of the season.

New Jersey has scored 11 shorthanded goals this season and one in each of their last four games. They sit just seven away from the team record of 18, set during the 1987-88 season.

Ales Hemsky tied the game, 1-1, with a powerplay goal at 8:32 of the third period. The Oilers, on their fifth powerplay, finally broke through against Johan Hedberg as Hemsky fired a one-timer from the left circle past the screened Devils goalie for his fourth goal of the season.

Hedberg, who allowed four goals on nine shots last night, turned away 22 shots for his 12th win of the season. He tied Martin Brodeur for the team lead in wins.

Khabibulin made 23 saves in the loss. The Oilers have lost four straight games and have just one win in their last eight games.

Tonight was the first time New Jersey won a game at Rexall Place in January. The team was 0-2-4 in six previous games during the year's first month. They moved to 11-10-5 all-time in Edmonton.

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Devils at Flames: New Jersey Looks To Keep Playing 'Smart' On Road Against Iginla, Flames

The Calgary Flames may be sitting near the bottom of their division, but New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer doesn't think that makes Tuesday night's game any easier.

"It's always difficult," DeBoer told Rich Chere of The Star Ledger. "Three tough buildings. There is a distinct home ice advantage in these buildings because of the crowds and how full they are. You have to play a very smart road game and really manage momentum. One goal-against can turn into two or three very quickly in these buildings."

New Jersey kicks off a three-game road trip Tuesday against the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Gametime is 9:30 p.m. and will be televised locally on MSG Plus 2.

In eight games against Western Conference opponents, New Jersey is 5-4-1. That includes a 2-4-0 record on the road, where Western Conference opponents have outscored them, 20-13. They've lost four straight road games to out of conference opponents.

The two teams enter tonight's game on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Devils ended the first half of the season with a 23-16-2 record and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. It's a turnaround from where they were just a year ago, when they ended the first half of the season as the worst team in the entire league.

The Devils leapfrogged over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the standings Saturday, defeating their Atlantic Division rivals, 3-1. Evgeni Malkin gave the Penguins a first-period lead, putting Pittsburgh ahead, 1-0, after the first period. New Jersey came back, scoring three straight goals to grab the road win. Adam Henrique had two points, including a shorthanded goal. Ilya Kovalchuk also finished with two points (1 goal, 1 assist). Martin Brodeur made a season-high 41 saves for his 12th win of the season.

The Flames enter tonight with a 19-19-5 record and are in fourth place in the Northwestern Division. They sit five points behind the Minnesota Wild for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Flames broke a five-game losing streak Saturday, beating the Wild, 3-1, in a record setting night for Jarome Iginla. The team captain netted his 500th career goal, and Lance Bouma scored the first of his career in the win.

Iginla has 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists) over the past 21 games and leads the team with 43 points (16 goals, 17 assists). In 16 games against the Devils, Iginla has 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists).

Calgary head coach Brent Sutter will once again face his former team. Sutter coached the Devils from 2007-09 before leaving New Jersey. He joined Calgary soon after his departure, and has failed to reach the playoffs in two seasons as coach.

This is the first and only meeting of the season between the two teams. Last year, the teams faced off at Prudential Center, with New Jersey defeating Calgary, 2-1, in a shootout. Rene Bourque and David Clarkson scored regulation goals, and Ilya Kovalchuk scored the only shootout goal. Johan Hedberg finished with 25 saves.



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Devils 3, Penguins 1: Martin Brodeur Helps New Jersey Defeat Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Martin Brodeur stopped 41 shots to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Adam Henrique each had a goal and an assist while Dainius Zubrus also scored for the Devils, who have won their past two.

"When you play in a building like this you need everything to go right," said New Jersey head coach Peter DeBoer. "Marty came up with the stops and our special teams were huge tonight."

Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who have dropped a season-high four straight. Marc-Andre Fleury gave up all three goals on 27 shots.

"Unfortunately, we’re fighting to score goals," said Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma. "We just can’t get that two-goal lead or doing the right things that will help us find that goal."

The Penguins took a 1-0 lead 4:48 into the game as Malkin’s one-timer from the high slot with a knee on the ice got past several Devils and Brodeur.

The Devils scored shorthanded 8:39 into the second as Zach Parise sprung Henrique off a blueline turnover and Henrique got his second shot into the net.

New Jersey made it a 2-1 game 11:23 into the second as Parise sent a pass from the right boards to the high slot where Kovalchuk’s blistering one-timer flew past Fleury.

The Devils got an insurance goal 1:28 into the third on a power play as Zubrus finished off a crisp passing play with a redirect of a Patrik Elias pass.




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