David Clarkson helped New Jersey end their four game skid on Tuesday night with a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-10-3).
Clarkson netted two on the night, including the game-winner in overtime to send the Devils (13-12-1) to a 3-2 victory.
Ilya Kovalchuk got the scoring going early in the first period on a power play goal, with assists credited to Petr Sykora and Adam Henrique. Kovalchuk’s score was one of two power play goals for New Jersey on the night, which went 2/4 on the PP.
The Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Clarkson scored via Zach Parise and Patrik Elias. Toronto battled back, with Phil Kessel scoring his 17th of the season in the second. At 1:56 of the third, the Maple Leafs tied the game on a goal scored by Matt Frattin.
Despite being out-shot and out-hit, as well as losing the faceoff battle, New Jersey was able to come away with an OT win against a solid Toronto team. Martin Brodeur made 29 saves in his first start since being pulled against the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 2.
With the victory, New Jersey improves to 5-4-1 at home, and will look to build upon that tonight when they host the Ottawa Senators (13-12-3). New Jersey has dropped three consecutive to Ottawa, who currently sits near the bottom of the Northeast Division.
The Senators have lost their last two on the road, so look for them to try to jump out to an early lead.
Hopefully New Jersey fans will see Johan Hedberg in goal, who has completed two shutouts this season compared to Brodeur’s zero.
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