Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/2/14

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 02: Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Devils 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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...
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