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Kovalchuk leads Devils over Penguins 3-1 @NHL

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a penalty shot in the first period and added an assist on David Clarkson's power-play goal four minutes later, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Zach Parise scored an empty-net goal with 49.5 seconds left as the Devils ended a four-game winless skid against Pittsburgh and won for the ninth time in 12 games overall. The Penguins lost their second straight game after a four-game win streak.

Martin Brodeur was brilliant in goal for the Devils, making 29 saves, including an improbable glove save on Matt Cooke with four minutes left. It was his 11th win of the season, third straight and his record 636th victory of his career. It was also his 43rd win in 75 games against Pittsburgh.

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