Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/19/13
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New Jersey Devils began their run as one of the NHL's most dominant teams during the last lockout-shortened season. Eighteen years later, the Devils are still playing the same efficient and collective type of hockey that's defined their generation of success. David Clarkson scored the tie-breaking goal with 11:43 left in the third period as the reigning Eastern Conference champion Devils edged the New York Islanders, 2-1, in the season opener for both teams Saturday night. Travis Zajac, who had just two goals in 15 games during an injury-plagued 2011-12, scored the first goal of the game for the Devils, who lost to the Los Angeles Kings in six games in last year's Stanley Cup Finals. The Devils have reached the Finals five times since the 1995 season and have won it all three times, second-most in that span behind only the Detroit Red Wings. The Devils also played impressive defense Saturday in front of goaltender Martin Brodeur, who began his 20th NHL s...
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