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Bergenheim scores three goals to lead Islanders past Devils 7-3

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Martin Brodeur finally lost.

Sean Bergenheim scored two of the three goals in his first NHL hat trick against the Devils' superstar goalie, and the New York Islanders beat New Jersey 7-3 Saturday.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Devils since Brodeur came back from a four-month absence for elbow surgery.

Radek Martinek, Kyle Okposo, Jeff Tambellini and Blake Comeau also scored for the Islanders, who are 7-2-3 in their last 12 home games. That run that includes the Devils' previous loss, two weeks ago on Feb. 21.

Brian Gionta, Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrik Elias scored for New Jersey. Kevin Weekes played the final period in relief of Brodeur.

Joey MacDonald made 35 saves for the Islanders, who were ahead 3-1 before Bergenheim even scored at 1:40 of the second. A little more than a minute earlier, Gionta put the Devils on the board 29 seconds into the period.

Langenbrunner made it 4-2 on a rebound four minutes in, and the Devils kept it there until Comeau's power-play goal at 13:00 and Bergenheim's wrister at 17:20 gave New York a four-goal lead and ended Brodeur's day.

It was the first time Brodeur has allowed six goals in 162 games since Oct. 21, 2006.

He struggled from the start. Brodeur had gone down on an earlier shot when Martinek beat him from the right circle 1:42 in. On the Islanders' first power play, they went up 2-0 at 10:59 when Josh Bailey fed a beautiful pass in front to Okposo, whose quick one-timer got past Brodeur. Three minutes later, Tambellini got loose on a breakaway and backhanded the puck past Brodeur at 14:05 for a 3-0 lead before New Jersey had even scored.

Bergenheim wrapped things up on a short-handed goal into an empty net in the last second. New Jersey made it 6-3 on a power-play tip-in by Elias at 6:48, but couldn't get closer before Bergenheim wrapped it up by scoring a shorthanded goal into an empty net goal with less than a second left.

Notes: New York F Trent Hunter fractured his ankle in the game, and will miss the rest of the season. ... The Islanders recalled C Mike Iggulden from Bridgeport and he made his NHL debut. ... Islanders F Andy Hilbert picked up the second assist on Comeau's goal for his 100th NHL point.

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