OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators finally figured out how to beat Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils.
Brian Elliott kept up his superb play with 24 saves and the Senators won their seventh straight game, 3-0 over the Devils on Tuesday. Elliott, recently named the NHL's first star of the week, won his fifth consecutive start. He wasn't tested often, but managed to come up big when needed en route to his third shutout of the season.
Ottawa (29-21-4), winless against the Devils since October 27, 2007, came out with a solid effort and took a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Alex Kovalev and Milan Michalek.
Jason Spezza also scored for Ottawa in his second game after missing the last 20 due to injury.
While Brodeur has owned the Senators of late, he was far from his best on Tuesday, allowing three goals on just 12 shots.
Yann Danis started the third for the Devils (34-16-1), who pulled Brodeur for the third time in ten games.
Kovalev opened the scoring midway through the first after taking a great feed from Nick Foligno and beating Brodeur with a wrist shot.
The Senators appeared to go ahead 2-0 on a Jonathan Cheechoo goal, but it was called off as it was ruled Cheechoo kicked the puck in.
Ottawa made up for it with less than two minutes remaining in the period when Michalek tipped in Chris Campoli's shot from the blue-line.
Spezza made it 3-0 late in the second, tipping in Filip Kuba's shot for his seventh of the season and second in as many games.
Notes: Ottawa D Chris Campoli played his 300th NHL game. The Senators were without C Jesse Winchester (right knee, mid-February), G Pascal Leclaire (concussion, indefinite). D Alexandre Picard and LW Shean Donovan were a healthy scratch for the Senators. The Devils were without D Paul Martin (broken left arm, early February), RW David Clarkson (right leg, two weeks), LW Patrik Elias (concussion, early February) and C Rod Pelley (lower body, two weeks). New Jersey's RW Ilkka Pikkarainen, RW Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and RW Vladimir Zharkov were healthy scratches.