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Frans Nielsen set up two early goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves and the New York Islanders continued their playoff push with a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night. Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic were the beneficiaries of Nielsen's passes and John Tavares added his 22nd goal of the season as the Islanders won for the fourth time in five games. New York's only loss was a 2-0 setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the winners of 15 straight games. Alexei Ponikarovsky scored for the Devils, who are 0-1-3 since forward Ilya Kovalchuk was sidelined with a shoulder injury more than a week ago. Martin Brodeur finished with 18 saves. Matt Martin had a knockout of Devils forward Tom Kostopoulos midway through the first period. The two squared off after Martin checked Stephen Gionta and Martin caught the New Jersey tough guy right on the jaw with a right that sent him to the ice. To his credit, Martin immediately motioned to the Devils bench for help for the dazed p...
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