Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/19/13

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 11: David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Anaheim Ducks during their NHL game at the Prudential Center on November 11, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Ducks 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- David Clarkson scored the tie-breaking goal with 11:43 left in the third period as the reigning Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils edged the New York Islanders, 2-1, in the season opener for both teams Saturday night. Clarkson scored just 65 seconds after the Islanders' Travis Hamonic tied it with a power play goal. The sellout crowd of 16,170 was still cheering Hamonic's tally when Clarkson's slap shot threaded the needle between teammate Patrik Elias as well as the Islanders' Brian Strait and Mark Streit and flew past goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Travis Zajac 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, while goaltender Martin Brodeur began his 20th NHL season by recording 17 saves as the Devils improved to 18-8-4 in season openers since moving to New Jersey in 1982. The Islanders, who are trying to snap a streak of five straight last-place finishes in the Atlantic ...
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