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Kovalchuk scores twice, Devils beat Jets 5-1

Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31), of the Czech Republic, makes a save on a shot as New Jersey Devils' David Clarkson (23) and Zach Parise (9) look for the rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31), of the Czech Republic, makes a save on a shot as New Jersey Devils' David Clarkson (23) and Zach Parise (9) look for the rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
By Tom Canavan
AP Sports Writer / January 17, 2012
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NEWARK, N.J.—Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals, giving him seven in six games, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists, and Petr Sykora and David Clarkson also scored to give the Devils their third straight win and fifth in six games.

Martin Brodeur made 20 saves in recording his 14th win of the season and second over Winnipeg in four days. He came into the third period within reach of his first shutout of the season, but was beaten on a blast by defenseman Tobias Enstrom with 11:42 to play.

Brodeur, who has an NHL-record 116 shutouts, hasn't had a clean sheet since blanking Pittsburgh on March 25.

Winnipeg, which shut out Ottawa on Monday with Chris Mason in goal, had a couple of early scoring chances. Defenseman Mark Flood clanged a shot off the post in the opening five minutes, and Nik Antropov missed an open net on a rebound attempt midway through the period.

New Jersey grabbed the lead with 61 seconds left in the first.

Zach Parise intercepted a pass by Enstrom and sprung Kovalchuk on a breakaway. The Russian skated in on Mason and beat him with a shot between the pads.

The Devils scored three times in the opening 7:38 of the second period to put the game away.

Sykora extended the lead to 2-0 at 1:32 with his 11th of the season. He exchanged passes with defenseman Henrik Tallinder and one-timed the return pass into the corner of the net.

Clarkson stretched the lead to three goals just over three minutes later with a bad-angle shot from low in the right circle. It was his 16h goal of the season, one shy of his career high, set in 2008-09.

Kovalchuk got his 19th of the season on a power play at 7:38. He took a pass from Clarkson above the right circle and beat Mason with a rising shot.

Mason was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec with 11:14 left in the period after making 11 saves on 15 shots. Elias beat Pavelec off a rebound in the third for the final goal.

NOTES: Kovalchuk is the Winnipeg-Atlanta franchise leader in goals and assists. ... The Jets are 0-6 in the second game of back-to-back games. ... The Devils recalled Brad Mills and Jacob Josefson from Albany of the AHL. It was Josefson's first game with New Jersey since breaking a collarbone on Oct. 21. ... Devils rookie C Adam Henrique missed his second straight game with a groin injury. ... New Jersey won the season series 3-1, with one victory coming in overtime.

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