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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists to snap out of a scoring slump and the New Jersey Devils beat the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins for the fifth straight time, 3-1 on Friday night.

Martin Brodeur made 33 saves for his 37th win of the season and 594th overall.

The Devils, who have outscored Pittsburgh 16-3 during the run, pulled within two points of the Penguins for first place in the Atlantic Division with 17 games to play.

New Jersey also tied Montreal's NHL record for consecutive seasons with 40 or more victory with 13. Montreal won 40 or more games in 13 straight seasons from 1971 to 1983 - when regulation ties were not broken in overtime or shootouts.

Kovalchuk, who had only three goals and five assists in 10 games with the Devils since arriving in a trade with Atlanta on Feb. 4, assisted on the Devils' first two goals, then fired home a wrist shot from the blue line for his 35th goal of the season.

Andy Greene and Patrik Elias also scored goals for New Jersey.

Sidney Crosby scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh. The Penguins have lost two straight after winning five in a row.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defenseman Matt Walker scored one goal and created another a few minutes later when his shot deflected in off Vincent Lecavalier, helping struggling Tampa Bay edge NHL-leading Washington.

Brandon Bochenski also scored, Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves, and the Lightning won for only the second time in nine games. Steven Stamkos' franchise-record points streak was snapped at 18 games and his goal run was stopped at seven games.

Tomas Fleischmann and Brooks Laich had power-play goals for Washington, and Alex Ovechkin assisted on both. But the Capitals lost for the second time in their past three home games following a club-record 13-game home winning streak.

ATLANTA (AP) - Vinny Prospal and Marian Gaborik gave New York the lead with goals 41 seconds apart in the first period for New York.

Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to help the Rangers end a four-game losing streak, and push Atlanta's losing streak to five.

Prospal had two goals and an assist, Gaborik had a goal and two assists, and Michael Del Zotto and Ryan Callahan - into an empty net - also scored for New York in the critical game for each team's fading playoff hopes.

Clarke MacArthur and Ron Hainsey scored for Atlanta.

Defenseman Chris Chelios, the 48-year-old 11-time All-Star, played 10 minutes in his home debut for Atlanta. He was recalled from Chicago of the AHL on Wednesday.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Josh Harding made 43 saves, and Andrew Ebbett, Guillaume Latendresse and Andrew Brunette scored to help Minnesota snap a four-game winless streak and end Buffalo's winning streak at three.

Harding, making his second straight start for the injured Niklas Backstrom, has won both of his lifetime starts against the Sabres.

Thomas Vanek scored twice for Buffalo.

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