Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils Snap Skid, Scoring Drought

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils Snap Skid, Scoring Drought

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PHILADELPHIA -- It's amazing what scoring just one goal can do.

The Devils actually scored three Thursday night and that was plenty enough to end their slide of 10 consecutive losses with a 3- 0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Ryan Carter's goal 5:36 into the second period was the Devils' first in three games. Matt D'Agostini added some insurance with 5:50 remaining in the third and Adam Henrique sealed it with an empty- net goal with 1:13 to play. Goaltender Martin Brodeur did the rest, making 23 saves in his 121st career shutout -- increasing his NHL- record total.

The Devils had lost 10 in a row (0-6-4) since right wing Ilya Kovalchuk injured his right shoulder in a 2-1 victory over Florida on March 23. Over that time, they fell from seventh place in the Eastern Conference to 12th.

Thursday's win put them back in 11th place, one point ahead of the Flyers, but did little to help their faint playoff hopes. With the eighth-place Rangers beating Florida, 6-1, the Devils remained six points out of a playoff spot with only five games remaining.

Brodeur has two shutouts this season -- both against the Flyers. He blanked them, 3-0, in the Devils' home opener Jan. 22.

Kovalchuk skated on his own back in New Jersey on Thursday. The Devils originally had planned to bring Kovalchuk with them to Philadelphia, but decided to leave him home after Wednesday's practice.

"He's still skating, but he's not ready," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "It's nobody's fault. He's trying."

When Zach Parise was coming back from knee surgery two seasons ago, he played in one game before the team mathematically was eliminated from playoff contention. Could the Devils do something similar with Kovalchuk?

"We'll see," Lamoriello said.

The hope right now, however, still is that Kovalchuk will play before the end of this season.

"But, there's certain things you don't have control over," Lamoriello admitted.

After losing consecutive 2-0 games to Ottawa and Toronto despite outshooting the teams, 65-24, the Devils were more than desperate to get a goal. …

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