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Kovalchuk scores in 3rd period to lift Devils to a 3-2 victory over Penguins

Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 10:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Kovalchuk scores in 3rd period to lift Devils to a 3-2 victory over Penguins

NEWARK, N.J. - Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal since suffering a shoulder injury last month, giving the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Kovalchuk's goal with 6:10 remaining helped New Jersey overcome a 2-0 deficit and win its home finale.

Travis Zajac and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils. Johan Hedberg made 15 saves in his first start since March 19 for his sixth win of the season.

Matt Cooke scored in the first period and Jussi Jokinen added a second-period goal for the Penguins.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves Pittsburgh.

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