Posted April 07, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice, Stephen Gionta broke a third-period tie with his first NHL goal and the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday to close the regular season with a six-game winning streak. Petr Sykora also scored, and Martin Brodeur made 31 saves for the Devils, who will be the No. 6 seed in Eastern Conference for the postseason. They will face Florida or Washington in the opening round. Matt Gilroy and Jim O'Brien scored for Ottawa, which will be the seventh or eighth seed in conference, facing the New York Rangers or Boston. Gionta, recalled from Albany on Friday, gave the Devils the lead for good, putting in the rebound of Alexei Ponikarovsky's shot with 9:05 to play. Kovalchuk iced the game with an empty-net goal for the Devils, who missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1996. Craig Anderson made 30 saves for Ottawa. Brodeur made the lead stand up by stopping 13 shots in the final 20 minutes, including a good chance ...
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