Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice and rookie Stephen Gionta added the game
winner for his first NHL goal as New Jersey defeated visiting Ottawa 4-2 on Saturday for
its sixth straight win.Alexei Ponikarovsky drove hard to the
net late in the third period and Gionta followed the play, cleaning up
the rebound to give the Devils a 3-2 lead.Kovalchuk concluded
the scoring with an empty-netter for the Devils, who will face the
Southeast Division champion on the road to open the playoffs.The
Senators squandered a chance to secure seventh place in the Eastern
Conference and now await the outcome of a pair of games later Saturday.
Ottawa will fall to eighth if Washington defeats the New York Rangers
and Florida secures at least one point against Carolina.Matt Gilroy opened the scoring for the Senators at 10:59 with his third goal of the campaign.Kovalchuk
tied the game 1-1 on a power play at 15:26 when he criss-crossed with
Patrik Elias, took a pass from him and fired a wri...